Karim Benzema extended contract with Real Madrid for two more years. He will leave Los Blancos in the summer of 2023.
Playing in the golden era of the club
Having played through one of the club’s golden eras, lifting the Champions League title in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, it was an obvious place to start. Benzi said that Real Madrid will always keep being the best team in the world, but I think that in the Champions League era we were a team that I can’t say was unbeatable, but winning four Champions League is something special. Winning once is very difficult and we did it three times in a row. We defined an era with that team and we’re going to define another era in the future.
Looking back to 2009 transfer window
Benzema also looked back to 2009, when he first joined the club for a fee of 40 million euros from Olympique Lyonnais, despite interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. It was a long time ago, but I remember it, of course,” Benzema admitted. My parents and my agent called me to tell me to go home, I didn’t want to but when I got there, I saw Florentino. This man had brought Zizou, Ronaldo, the Galacticos and many more. I was looking at him and I didn’t say anything, he only asked if I wanted to play at Real Madrid and I said yes. When I see what I have done at Real Madrid now, I feel very proud. Looking towards the future, Benzema was optimistic about the return of Carlo Ancelotti, who he also worked under between 2013 and 2015, scoring 48 goals in 98 games in the process. Karim said that Carlo is a great coach and he can take Real Madrid to another level. Keep in mind that Karim won first Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti.