Transfer news

Benzema agent denies Madrid exit

May 16, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Karim Benzema's agent has denied reports the France international wants to leave Real Madrid this summer.

Karim Benzema
GettyImagesKarim Benzema celebrates opening the scoring for Real Madrid

Benzema, who after initially struggling to live up to his €35 million price tag has turned his form around, has been linked in the British media with a possible switch to Arsenal.

It had been suggested that the 23-year-old Benzema, who could be competing against the fit-again Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and possibly a new signing at Madrid next season, wants to leave the Bernabeu if he is not guaranteed more playing time.

However, the player's agent Karim Djaziri told Spanish newspaper AS: ''At no moment has Benzema thought about leaving Real Madrid. He has not asked me to negotiate with any club. Karim only wants to continue at Madrid and build on his recent good performances.''

Benzema has netted 21 goals in his last 27 competitive appearances for Madrid.