Karim Benzema became the latest Real Madrid
star to sign a new bumper four- year contract
with the European champions to 2021 , the club
announced on Wednesday.

“Real Madrid and Benzema have agreed to
extend the contract of the player, who will
remain tied to the club until June 30, 2021,”
Madrid said in a statement .

Vice-captain Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal all
extended to 2022 over the past week as Real
reward key members of the squad that became
the first side to retain the Champions League
trophy in June .

Coach Zinedine Zidane’ s renewal is also
imminent after the Frenchman repeated on
Tuesday that his deal is “ done ”.
Benzema is currently sidelined by a hamstring
injury that is expected to keep him out for
another month .

The 29- year- old has won 14 trophies , including
three Champions League and two La Liga titles ,
since joining Real from Lyon as one of
Europe’s most promising strikers in 2009 .
The Frenchman’ s eight- year stint at the
Santiago Bernabeu has been filled with highs
and lows .

Jose Mourinho complained of his meek nature
claiming he wanted a “hunter ” whilst
describing Benzema as a “cat ” when Real boss ,
and Benzema has often found himself whistled
by the demanding Bernabeu crowd for his lack
of killer instinct .

“When you play at a big club and you are a big
player, you will always receive criticism . If you
are never criticised, it is because you are a
small player, ” Benzema said in May.


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