The international striker of France has signed an extended term at Santiago Bernabeu and will continue to be the lineout for Los Blancos
Karim Benzema has signed a new two-year contract at Real Madrid to continue with the lead as the club’s number 9.
The French international striker has been announced as an extension of his current contract, which kept him at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2023.
It is understood that the 33-year-old striker will now have a 1 billion euro release clause, which apparently ensures that the remaining years of his career will be spent at top level in Madrid.
Benzema stays in Madrid
While Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea this summer, and other leading strikers such as Robert Lewandowski and Ering Haaland have been linked with moves, it was never likely that Benzema would ever leave Madrid.
The veteran striker was open about the desire for his Real deal, and the long and successful partnership between player and club has now been renewed.
He is the sixth first-team player to sign a new Madrid contract this summer, following Luka Modric, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Thibaut Courtois.
A real legend
His new agreement gives Benzema the chance to set records and landmarks, as he has moved from Lyon to Madrid since 12 years ago, in the summer of 2009.
Benzema is number five on the Madrid list with the club’s highest scorers with 281 goals, including 194 in La Liga – with two in the win over Alaves to open the 2021-22 season – and 59 in the Champions League.
He has a total of 71 Champions League goals in his career with Lyon and Madrid – only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Lewandowski have more.
In terms of titles, Benzema has won 19 major trophies at the Santiago Bernabeu, including four Champions Leagues and three League crowns.