Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has today revealed that he intends to retire at the Bernabeu.
Benzema arrived in the Spanish capital from boyhood club Lyon in 2009, bringing with him the reputation of one of Europe’s deadliest young strikers.
Though he has often split opinion in the years since due to his languid style and occasional inconsistencies, the Frenchman’s record of 122 goals in 247 La Liga appearances speaks for itself, with the 29-year-old having remained an ever-present for Los Blancos as the likes of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Raul and Gonzalo Higuain departed the club.
His spell in Madrid has been a trophy-laden one, with the currently-injured hitman having racked up two La Liga crowns, three Champions Leagues, two Copa Del Reys, along with a host of other championships.
‘Like a family’
While he rarely displays considerable emotion on the pitch, Benzema has today revealed that, as a club, Real Madrid means a massive amount to him.
Speaking in a news conference after signing a contract renewal until 2021, the technically-gifted striker explained:
‘Madrid’s been like a family for me throughout the most complicated moments of my career. They supported me in sporting and non-sporting matters.’
‘I feel loved at Real Madrid. I like Real Madrid’s football and of course I want to retire here. There’s no other club like Real Madrid. This will be my last club.’