It’s been eight years since Karim Benzema turned out for Lyon, but it seems the striker still has the best interests of the Ligue 1 side at heart.
The Real Madrid front man maintains an excellent relationship with his former club’s president Jean Michel Aulas, and could prove to be the difference in Lyon’s pursuit of Mariano Diaz this summer.
According to Marca, Benzema recommended Madrid youngster Diaz to the French giants as they look for viable replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, who looks increasingly likely to leave the club this summer.
Diaz is on the fringes at the Santiago Bernabeu, and clearly needs more playing time next season.
The 23-year-old made only eight appearances during the 2016–17 La Liga season, scoring once, but is regarded as a big talent in a side that is already bursting with attacking options.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has already given Diaz the option to leave next season, but is holding out for around £13million for him, along with a buyback option.
Two clubs from Ligue 1 are reportedly interested in Diaz, including Lyon, along with Tottenham, who are in the market for a back-up striker for Harry Kane.
But Lyon are confident that they’re front of queue, largely thanks to Benzema pulling the strings from behind the scenes.
What a nice guy, eh?