Another Real Madrid star extends his contract
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has extended his contract until 2021, the club have confirmed.
The France striker follows teammates Isco and Dani Carvajal in committing his long-term future to the Spanish and European champions.
Benzema, 29, has won 14 trophies since his £30million move to Los Blancos from Lyon in 2009.
His deal had been set to expire in 2019, and the new deal means he will remain at the Bernabeu past his 33rd birthday.
According to reports in Spain, the new package reportedly contains a release clause of €1billion, which equates to around £900million. Benzema’s salary is believed to have been increased to more than €7.5 million a year.
The France international, who has been linked with a big-money move to PSG and Arsenal, had recently hinted at committing his future at Santiago Bernabeu.
“As a forward, when you’re at a club and you’re a first-team regular, you don’t need to look elsewhere — especially when you’re at a club like Real Madrid,” he said.
Benzema has scored 181 times for Real in 371 outings in all competitions, with his most prolific season coming in 2011-12 when he found the net on 32 occasions.