Home Competitions La Liga Real Madrid striker in line for a new long-term contract

Real Madrid striker in line for a new long-term contract

Real Madrid are set to reward Karim Benzema with a fresh deal in order to fend off any interest in his services. The France international joined the European champions from Lyon in the summer of 2009 and has since notched over 180 goals across all competitions.

According to Le Journal du Dimanche, Los Blancos are prepared to extend the stay of their main striker regardless of their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman was offered a chance to join the Chinese Super League in a £45m annual package earlier in January, but he turned down the approach.

As a result, the club are committed to keeping hold of his services in the long-term with Zinedine Zidane understood to be a huge admirer of his compatriot. Earlier this summer, it had been tipped that Alvaro Morata could take up the centre-forward position at the Bernabeu with Benzema linked with a potential move to long-term admirers Arsenal.

However, Zidane opted to part ways with the former, who was insistent on pursuing regular first-team football ahead of next summer’s World Cup. Benzema has received a lot of stick for his performances from the club’s faithful over the years, but his hold up play up front remains crucial to the way the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale manoeuvre in the forward department.

There has been talk of Mbappe potentially arriving from Monaco, but he could typically compete with Bale, Isco and Marco Asensio for a role on the right side of the attack. Real Madrid secured a Champions League and La Liga double during Zidane’s first full season in charge last term, and they will fancy winning the league at least this season with Barcelona significantly weakened by the exit of Neymar.

Benzema currently has two years left on his previous deal, and the new extension will see his contract extended until the summer of 2021 with the prospect of a decent wage rise.

Image – Getty

Must Read

3 Ways Your Business Can Use Social Media for Customer Service

Social media has completely changed how we communicate. Our connections are more global and efficient, and users can share their experiences and opinions faster...

Obama’s Legacy: A Corrupt DOJ Task Force

The dwindling legacy of former American President, Barack Obama, is about to take another hit. The Obama Administration's "Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force," or "FFETF"...

Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Forex Trading Lifestyle!

Want a career change? Want to work for yourself, and without any bosses (or co-workers) breathing down your neck? If so, we recommend trading. It’s an...

The Two Most Important Things to Do to Improve Your Credit and Increase Your Savings Account

Improving your credit score is often the most important thing you can do if you’re still committed to the New Year’s resolution you made...

Who Killed the Blackberry?

The Blackberry cell phone was once the king of the mobile world.  People loved it for business and often times enjoyed it for pleasure...