Benzema to stay at Lyon
Jean Michel Aulas has reiterated that Karim Benzema will stay at Lyon this summer.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 19/05/08 2:10pm
Jean Michel Aulas has reiterated that Karim Benzema will stay at Lyon this summer and believes that the star's future is more about contentment than money.
The French club's president insisted that no deal will be done this year and thinks that the 20-year-old still feels completely at home at Stade de Gerland and has no desire to move away.
With Barcelona leading a list of Europe's major clubs who are all monitoring Benzema's situation, Aulas admitted that he was flattered by the interest, but not unduly worried.
"It is logical that clubs are watching him. We are talking about a great player and he has a great future in front of him," he told Sport. "But it is not a question of money. It is easier than that. It is a question of feelings.
"Karim Benzema wants to be at Lyon because he feels the club and this is his home. That has nothing to do with a figure of money.
"He has a long career ahead of him and I think he will star in the 2010 World Cup finals. He is growing fast and we are very happy with him. He has helped us a lot and is a reference point in the team.
Two more years
"What I can assure everyone is that Benzema will be at Lyon next season. From what I know, I think he will be here for the next two years.
"He wants to stay here because this is where he has grown up and he wants to see Lyon grow stronger. He has the same ambitions as the club and wants to be a champion.
"It is good that major clubs are watching a player that Lyon has brought through. It means that we are doing the right things, but there will be no short-term gains made."
Despite reports that Barca are interested in Benzema, the Lyon supremo stated that he and Camp Nou president Joan Laporta had never discussed a possible transfer.
"I have a great relationship with president Laporta and we speak most weeks, but we have not talked about Benzema," he added.