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Karim Benzema wants to stay at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has insisted that he wants to remain in the Spanish capital, despite reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.

The France international also revealed that the Red Devils made several attempts to sign him in the past.

“The rumours about my future are common, every summer it’s the same that I will be going to this club and that club,” Benzema said.

“But I am very happy at Real Madrid and the thought about leaving has never crossed my mind. I know Manchester United have tried to sign me for the past three or four seasons.

“When I was at Lyon they and a number of other English clubs wanted me but could not agree terms with Lyon.

“Besides, I wanted to go to Spain and I can honestly say I have never regretted that decision.

“I’m still young and I have a contract at Madrid until 2015. I still want to achieve things at the club. I have had a taste of success after winning the Spanish title but I want more.”

However, Benzema refused to rule out a move to England in the future.

“I would never say never about coming to England and, to be honest, I have no real preference in terms of teams,” he said.

“But that is a long way in the future, not something I would even consider at the moment.”

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