Benzema: I want to retire at Madrid

Karim Benzema has signalled his intentions to end his career at Real Madrid after signing a new contract at the club until 2021.

The 29-year-old joined Madrid in a €35m deal from Olympique Lyonnais in 2009 and his current deal at the club was set to expire in June 2019.

The French striker, who has won 14 trophies in his spell at the Bernabeu, now has a deal which will run until beyond his 33rd birthday.

“I'm delighted to prolong my stay at the world’s best club,” Benzema is quoted as saying by Real Madrid’s official website.

“I want to retire here because no other club compares to here and this will be the last club of my career, I believe.

“I’m very proud of what I have achieved here but I must focus on the future and trying to win more titles.

“My job is more than just scoring goals – you have to be involved in team play, linking-up with teammates, creating chances, working spaces and here the scrutiny and demands are higher than anywhere.

“There is always a lot of criticism when you are at Real Madrid, but this is normal and the expectations drive you on.”

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