Report: Karim Benzema, Real Madrid Agree to Contract Extension Until 2022

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIDecember 30, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Madrid v Athletic de Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 22, 2019 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a contract extension with striker Karim Benzema that will keep the Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabeu until June 2022.

The deal includes an "improved wage," and Benzema will officially put pen to paper next summer, according to Marca's Pablo Polo.

Benzema turned 32 in December but continues to be a key player for Los Blancos and is their top scorer in 2019-20 with 16 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions.

The striker joined Real Madrid in 2009 from French side Lyon and has been a consistent goalscorer during his time with the Spanish club:

Squawka Football @Squawka

ON THIS DAY: In 2009, Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Karim Benzema from Lyon for Ā£30m. ā€¢ 465 games ā€¢ 222 goals ā€¢ 17 trophies Money well spent. https://t.co/c6h2zfsmQh

He has continued to thrive after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure for Juventus in July 2018 and shows no sign of slowing down despite heading towards the end of his career:

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

With 27 goals, @Benzema had his best ever goalscoring year in #LaLigaSantander during 2019. šŸ”„ šŸ’œ @realmadriden šŸ’œ https://t.co/HADzS9EuBX

The Frenchman has proved to be vital again in 2019-20 as Real Madrid has coped for long periods without summer signing Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio because of injury.

Benzema remains the club's most important attacker in a glittering squad that also contains Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Jovic and Brazilian starlets Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

The Frenchman's goals have helped keep an inconsistent Real Madrid side in the title race, just two points behind Barcelona heading into 2020, and into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League:

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MESSI is the leading scorer in #LaLigaSantander heading into 2020! šŸ”āš½ https://t.co/hmxYjHIqzb

It is no surprise that Real Madrid have secured their top striker's future in a move which will keep him at the club until the age of 34 and could see him finish his career in Madrid.

There have been rumours of interest in Benzema in the Spanish press.Ā Carlos ForjanesĀ atĀ ASĀ reported the striker is an "attractive target" for Paris Saint-Germain as they search for a replacement for Edinson Cavani.

Meanwhile, former club Lyon had made it clear they would be happy to have Benzema back. Sporting director Juninho Pernambucano told OLTV in November he dreams that Benzema "will end his career here at Lyon, his home" (h/t Perform, viaĀ AS).

Real Madrid have already looked to the future by bringing in young attacking talent such as Jovic, Vinicius and Rodrygo, but Benzema is still their main man and remains one of Europe's most prolific strikers.