French striker Karim Benzema, at the end of his contract with Real Madrid and courted in particular by Saudi Arabia, tackled rumors about his future on Thursday evening, assuring that « those who speak do it on the Internet, and reality, this does not is not the Internet ».
« Why should I talk about my future? I’m in Madrid. Those who talk do it on the internet, and the reality is not the internet, » Benzema claimed Thursday night at a ceremony in tribute to his career organized by the Spanish sports daily Marca.
The French centre-forward has been at the center of rumors in recent days. His contract ends on June 30, but thanks to the Ballon d’Or won in 2022, he could automatically renew his commitment for a fifteenth season at Real, according to a clause included in his contract.
According to the Spanish press, Benzema has received an offer from Saudi Arabia, which offered him 200 million euros over two seasons to attract him to their championship, like the Frenchman’s former teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last year of contract
Thursday evening after the ceremony, Marca announced that the Frenchman was staying at Real, and that he « will honor his last year of contract ». « This is what the two parties had planned for a long time, and what they have, moreover, signed », specifies the best-selling newspaper in Spain.
« For now, I’m here, I have training tomorrow (Friday, editor’s note), I have fun every day and on Sunday, I have a match » against Athletic Bilbao, recalled the « Nueve ».
« I’m very proud of my job and I really enjoy every training session, every game. That’s the most important thing: to have fun. When I go to Valdebebas, for me it’s not work, and the day it becomes, I will say: + that’s enough + », said the former French international.
« I have talent, but you always need others »
« I take pleasure in football, like children. In my head, I’m still a child », slipped this father, in front of a group of children wearing his jerseys, from Lyon and Real.
« I know how to score goals, but what I like about football is what I can do on the pitch: the movements, the passes… in my position, I try to do things that you don’t see in other attackers », added Benzema, specifying that the Brazilian Ronaldo, his role model and former Real player, « was not only a goalscorer, he also made feints, passes… « .
Benzema repeated several times that he was proud of his career at Real, and wished to underline the importance of his teammates in his trajectory.
« When a player receives a trophy, he always owes it to the whole team. Without my teammates, I would not have reached this level. I have talent, but you always need the others. We always need the team » Along with Marcelo, Benzema is the player who has won the most trophies at Real Madrid (25).