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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Benzema happy to end career at Real

ESPN staff

Karim Benzema has said that he is enjoying life at Real Madrid so much at the moment that he would consider spending the rest of his career at the Bernabeu.

Benzema, 24, scored 32 goals in 52 appearances for the club this season as Real reached the 100-point mark to set a Spanish record on the way to the Liga title. The Frenchman endured criticism of both his fitness and his commitment during the campaign, but he insists that he is not looking to leave anytime soon.

"Why not finish my career here? I don't know if I can play for as many years as Raul, though! We'll see," he told RMC. "Everything is going super well for me now. We have won the league and we're all really proud of this team.

"It is true that at first it was a bit tricky for me because it was the first time that I had been separated from my family.

"But with patience and hard work everything got better. I had always intended to play for this team and today I am very happy."

Madrid sporting director and France legend Zinedine Zidane has played a role in helping Benzema to adjust to life in Spain, as has coach Jose Mourinho.

"Zidane's help was important for me," Benzema said. "He is the best player of all time in France and he spoke with me. And Mou always told me what he wanted from me. We talked a lot and he trusted in me."

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