Benzema contract Madrid’s priority

Real Madrid have made signing Karim Benzema to a new contract one of the club’s priorities.

Marca reports that with the France striker’s current deal expiring in the summer of 2015, agreeing an extension is high on the agenda at Santiago Bernabeu.

Negotiations are said to have begun in September but real talks only recently convened.

While a deal isn’t said to be close there are no problems expected, particularly as the Los Blancos hierarchy is happy with Benzema’s performances this season.

It was hoped that when Gonzalo Higuain was sold last summer Benzema would fill the gap left by the Argentine and find more consistency, Marca says.

Madrid feel that is what has happened. Benzema has scored 15 times for Madrid this season in 27 appearances.

Benzema is said to be happy personally and professionally in Madrid, but there are a number of suitors waiting for negotiations to take a turn for the worse.

Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are said to be the clubs monitoring the talks closest.

Benzema joined Madrid in July 2009, having come through the youth set-up at Lyon.

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