Karim Benzema is the ‘9’ of Real Madrid and he will continue being the forward until 2021. It’s very difficult to find in Real Madrid history an attacker with so many years wearing the white t-shirt but the French striker is beating all the records. Now he has signed a new deal with the club, extending his contract but the club doesn’t say anything about increasing his release clause.
The club has made public the agreement and the ceremony with the media will take place on Thursday at Santiago Bernabéu, after the game against Betis. Benzema is currently injured, so he will miss the clash against the Andalusian team.
Benzema arrived to Real Madrid in 2009 after paying a transfer fee of €35M. The French striker had to fight against Gonzalo Higuaín for a spot in the line-up, winning the battle. Since then, he’s been the main striker of the club, although he’s always criticized because his numbers of goals aren’t brilliant. The controversy will continue these months, but he’s now the third top-scorer of the Champions League in active, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
His numbers at Real Madrid are brilliant. His best season was two years ago, when he was able to score 24 goals in La Liga. In 2011/12 he also scored 21. However, last season he struggles with only 11 goals in La Liga and this year he has to find the net yet.
Apart from the goals, Karim Benzema always gives anything extra to the team. His best play last season brought Real Madrid to the final of the Champions League, after a great dribbling in the semi-finals against Atlético Madrid to assist Kroos in the decisive goal scored by Isco. He knows very well how to play with Cristiano Ronaldo and, currently, he’s the best assistant for the Portuguese star. Luckily, he’ll be tie to the club until 2021. Carvajal, Marcelo and Isco also signed their contracts recently.