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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has a deep desire to return to Lyon

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16 Jul 2020
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Despite entering the twilight years of his career at the top of the game, Benzema was an outstanding Los Blancos’ performer this season, playing a key role in pushing the club to the brink of LaLiga success on the wave of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.

Benzema has desire to return to France

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has a deep desire to return to Lyon, according to the player’s former agent Karim Djaziri, although the agent admitted that he might have to wait some time for OL to reunite with the 32-year-old. Despite entering the twilight years of his career at the top of the game, Benzema was an outstanding Los Blancos’ performer this season, playing a key role in pushing the club to the brink of LaLiga success on the wave of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus. Indeed, having netted 19 goals in 35 LaLiga appearances for this period, the Frenchman continues to surpass Luka Jovic. The Serb failed to live up to his price tag of €60 million (£55 million/$68 million). Thus, Benzema could well have been offered an extension at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his current deal ending in 2022.

Karim is on the peak of his career at Real Madrid

Otherwise, however, it could go home to the central-forward. “Today, with Karim’s situation at Real Madrid, he got to the peak of what every football player wants,” Djaziri said in an interview. “Playing in Madrid, being very close to his boss, adored by the audience. But, since he left Lyon, Karim had only one desire: to return to Lyon. Will it be as a player? For Karim, it remains a regret go no further in the Champions League. “Benzema’s time at Madrid was not always smooth sailing, however, falling out of favor with former boss Jose Mourinho. And Djaziri attributes himself to the fact that the striker remained in the Spanish capital to fight for his place.

“When things went wrong with Mourinho, he told me: “I want to return to Lyon.” But I told him: “No, you will throw it out and you’re going to make it. And he did it,” added Djaziri. “It’s in the back of his mind, and I think returning to Lyon is possible. If he has the legs and thinks it’s time to go and do something good, he will return. If he does not return as a player, I see him returning to Lyon in a different role, perhaps. I know that he wants it.”

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