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Benzema dismisses exit talk

French striker happy at Real

Last Updated: 27/05/11 1:29pm

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Benzema: Linked with a move away from Real but says he wants to stay for many years

Benzema: Linked with a move away from Real but says he wants to stay for many years

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Karim Benzema has played down speculation linking him with a move away from Real Madrid by insisting he plans to stay for many years.

The French forward initially struggled to impress at the Santiago Bernabeu following his arrival from Lyon in 2009, before settling in this season.

He was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for a lack of ambition back in September but gradually began to impose himself and finished the campaign with 26 goals.

Reports have nevertheless surfaced connecting Benzema with a summer departure, with the likes of Arsenal and Juventus thought to be interested.

The 23-year-old's agent denied travelling to London to hold talks with the Gunners earlier this week, and Benzema maintains that he is happier than ever at Real.

Feeling good

"People talk a lot: that he (Mourinho) hasn't got confidence in me, that he wants to sell me," Benzema told Marca.

"But if you look at the number of matches he had me play (48 in total), I don't think that he doesn't count on me. If he didn't want me he wouldn't have me play as much, would he?

"He asks a lot of me but he has helped me to improve. He's someone who loves winning and so do I. He made me a winner as a footballer and as a person.

"I feel very good at Madrid, in the team, I adore the fans, the people, the stadium... I'm going to stay for many years."

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