Benzema rejects United talk
Lyon striker Karim Benzema has played down talk linking him with a move to Manchester United.
Last Updated: 01/03/08 10:20am
Lyon striker Karim Benzema has played down talk linking him with a move to Manchester United saying his preferred destination would be Spain.
Benzema is one of the hottest properties in Europe following his goalscoring exploits for Lyon this season with a number of clubs believed to be chasing his signature.
United have been strongly linked with the French international with Sir Alex Ferguson thought to be a big admirer of the forward.
The 20-year-old, who scored against United in the UEFA Champions League last month, expects to be sold by Lyon at some point, but he admits he would prefer a move to Spain ahead of England.
Sold"My current deal with Lyon finishes in June 2012 but if things keep moving on this good trajectory then I believe I'll be sold at some stage," Benzema told the Daily Mail.
"Like any professional, I think it's great to progress. If we could win the Champions League that would be perfect, then I could leave with a clear conscience.
"In recent months my name has been linked to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and now Manchester United have appeared.
"That is high praise and I'm sure I'd be able to play in England. But I believe my style is perhaps better suited for Spain or Italy. I want to experience new tactics and systems. I don't want to play that direct game all the time.
"The president of Lyon has insisted I'm not for sale and has valued me at 90million euros (around £68.6million). That is incredible."