Benzema extends Madrid stay

21 August 2021 00:49:41 GMTPlus11
Karim Benzema has extended his Madrid stay

Karim Benzema has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2023.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are 10/11 to win La Liga this season and Benzema is 4/7 to be crowned top goalscorer.

The striker has been with the Spanish side since 2009 after moving from Lyon. He turned out 148 times in all competitions for his hometown club, netting 66 times before his move to Spain’s capital.

Benzema's impressive Madrid career

The Frenchman has scored 281 goals in 560 appearances in all competitions for Madrid, putting him fifth on the all-time scoring list for Los Blancos.

Compared to the player I knew six years ago, he's much more complete.

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He is a three-time La Liga winner and has lifted the Champions League four times in his spell with the club.

Benzema has also netted 31 times in 81 appearances for his national side and he was part of France’s Euro 2020 squad, where they were knocked out on penalties by Switzerland.

New manager Ancelotti has placed importance upon re-signing core players to extended contracts this summer, with Luka Modric, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Thibaut Courtois joining Benzema in penning new deals.

Strong start for Benzema

The 33-year-old got his season off to a good start, scoring twice in Madrid's comfortable 4-1 win over Alaves in the first league game of the season.

Ancelotti heaped praise on Benzema after his performance against Alaves, saying: "With Benzema, to just call him a forward is selling him short. He's a complete player. He has a great personality too.

"Compared to the player I knew six years ago, he's much more complete."

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