Alleged Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd target discusses future

13:58 11 June 2012

Karim Benzema.

Karim Benzema.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Karim Benzema wants to stay at Real Madrid

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.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Arsenal news

Monday, October 5, 2015
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (Jed Leicester/PA Wire)

Jose Mourinho is now the second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked this season.

Monday, October 5, 2015
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his Arsenal side put their midweek disappointment behind them with a 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

Monday, October 5, 2015
Arsenal fans celebrate the secod goal against Manchester United, scored by Mesut Ozil. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Rio Ferdinand wonders whether Arsenal will seize the moment and turn their 3-0 win over his former club into a push for the Premier League title.

Monday, October 5, 2015
(R) Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal with (L) Hector Bellerin. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal and Crystal Palace caught the eye infront of the cameras while West Ham and Spurs battled back to draw but which players stood out? Who made our team of the weekend?

Monday, October 5, 2015
Rafa Benitez of Real Madrid and Karim Benzema  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema insists he is getting fed up with being substituted by Rafa Benitez.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Line-Up Events


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Read more

Latest Tech News