Karim Benzema has signed a new four-year deal at Real Madrid… which includes an astonishing £890million release clause.
The French forward, 29, has put pen to paper on the contract, as he commits his future to the Galacticos until at least 2021.
The news will come as a blow to the host of European giants chasing Benzema, including Arsenal, who may now give up their pursuit of the star striker.
Benzema has long claimed he would like to finish his career at the Bernabeu and with this contract running up until the age off 33-years-old, he may now get his wish.
While the official wage has not yet been announced, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was said to be considered re-assessing his £150,000-a-week wages.
81-cap France international Benzema has kept hold of his outrageous €1billion (£890m) release clause.
The Real Madrid man has been at the Bernabeu since the start of the 2009-10 season – when he swapped boyhood side Lyon for the La Liga giants.
Since then he has been important part of the Madrid attacking ranks, most recently a part of the terrifyingly-talented “BBC”, alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
All-in-all, Benzema has turned out 371 times for Real, scoring an impressive 181 goals – with 122 of those coming in just 247 league games.
His strong performances have long seen him linked with a move away from Madrid – with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger constantly a front-runner.
The Gunners even came very close to landing Benzema back in 2015… however this summer gave up all hope and signed compatriot Alexandre Lacazette in a £42m deal.
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