Karim Benzema’s agent Karim Djaziri has suggested that the striker’s future is at Real Madrid amid the speculations of him moving to England.
Djaziri denied the reports of meeting Manchester United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward at a London hotel on Wednesday and insisted he has had no contact with any prospective buyers. Reports have suggested that Benzema can be a part of a swap deal to land David de Gea at Madrid.
“I haven’t met with any club in London. Not with United and not with anyone else. We haven’t held talks with anyone other than Real Madrid,” Djaziri told Marca.
“What is Karim going to do in Manchester? He’s happy in Madrid. He doesn’t want to leave. Benzema would only leave if Real Madrid told him he was surplus to requirements, because he isn’t going to leave of his own accord.
“Karim wants to see out his contract. He wants to retire at Real Madrid.”
United are currently short on strikers after departure of Radamel Falcao and with Robin van Persie’s likely departure to seek first team action.
Harry Kane and Benzema were the likely replacements, and with reports suggesting that new coach Rafa Benitez may play Cristinao Ronaldo as striker, Benzema moved seemed imminent.
But these comments may be a big blow for United, and may have to look some where else for a striker.
The former Lyon striker, a €35 million signing in 2009, has scored 133 goals in six years for Real, including 22 this season. Benzema has also been linked with Arsenal.