Real Madrid star striker Karim Benzema had been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu this summer and Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in the 27 year old French striker.

Arsenal were reportedly set to bid £40 million for the French international.

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger cooled those reports last week saying, “that’s not happening at the moment”.

Now Benzema’s agent Karim Djaziri is insisting that his client is not looking to move this summer and is “certain” to stay at the Los Blancos.

“Karim is very happy at Real Madrid and he will be a Real Madrid player by the end of this transfer window, 1,000 per cent,” he told Sky Sports News HQ chief news reporter Bryan Swanson. 

“Karim is not looking to move anywhere this summer.”

Benzema featured for the Spanish giants in 45 matches last season and scored 22 goals setting up 11 goals for his teammates.

Benzema signed for Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009 for a transfer fee believed to be €35 million rising to as much as €41 million based on incentives.

During his six years at the Bernabeu, he scored 133 goals in 281 games and won 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 La Liga, 2 Copa del Reys and 1 Supercopa de Espana.

The news will be a major blow for Arsene Wenger in his pursuit of signing the three time French Player of the Year.

Arsenal currently has only one established center forward in the form of Benzema’s compatriot Olivier Giroud and they need reinforcement at the forwrd line which is the weak point of Wenger’s strong Arsenal squad.

Karim Benzema was also a rumoured target of Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal and the news will be a huge blow to the Red Devils also.

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    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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