6 August 2014 18:59
Real Madrid have revealed that France striker Karim Benzema has signed a contract extension with the European champions until 2019.
Benzema’s contract was due to expire at the end of the upcoming campaign, but he has now committed his long-term future to the club.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed great success in his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning La Liga in 2011-12 as well as the UEFA Champions League last season and two Copa del Rey titles.
Benzema played a key role in Real’s Champions League success, the 10th in the Spanish giants’ history, scoring five goals in the competition including one in the semi-finals against Bayern Munich.
He netted a further 19 in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, which Real also won by beating Barcelona, last term before finding the net three times in France’s run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.
The powerful frontman has now been rewarded with a deal that should put an end to speculation over his future, which had been called into question following the arrival of James Rodriguez.
A brief statement on Real Madrid’s website read: “Real Madrid CF announces the extension of the contract between the player Karim Benzema and the club until June 30, 2019, the next five seasons.”
Benzema joined Real from Ligue 1 side Lyon back in 2009.