Karim Benzema has signed a new and improved deal at Real Madrid, keeping him at the club until 2021.
The 29-year-old striker had two years left on his current deal but the club have now confirmed that a new contract has been signed by all parties, adding two years on and increasing his release clause to a staggering £890m.
The French international has been a mainstay in the Madrid side for a number of years but has also received interest from the likes of Premier League side Arsenal and Italian’s Juventus, prompting the La Liga and European champions to act fast.
The goalscorer’s renewed deal comes as Los Blancos look to tie down a number of key players, having already agreed deals for midfielder Isco and defensive duo Marcelo and Dani Carvajal.
A short statement on Madrid’s official website confirmed the former Lyon player had signed the two-year extension, saying: “Real Madrid C. F. and Karim Benzema have agreed an extension to the player’s contract, binding him to the club until 30 June 2021.
“Tomorrow, Thursday, at 2:00pm CEST, Benzema will speak to the media in the press room at the Santiago Bernabeu.”
Benzema joined Madrid in 2009 from Ligue 1 side Lyon and has since made 371 appearances, scoring 181 goals in the process which have helped Zinedine Zidane’s side to two La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies and two Copa del Rey honours.
Madrid got back to winning ways on Sunday evening as they beat Real Sociedad 3-1, whilst they face Real Betis in midweek.