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The 24-year-old says he never lost confidence in his abilty, and believes he has made advancements to his game since the start of the season, despite not playing regularly

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has insisted that he remains as confident as ever, and is happy at the progress he is making.

The France international has only started two of the Blancos' five Liga matches so far, but the striker claims he is working hard to push for a regular berth in the squad.

"Is it necessary for a striker to score goals for the season to go well? I felt very well in recent games," Benzema told AS.

"I feel that I'm making progress and my legs are getting better. I'm very happy. Admittedly, I was happy to play 90 minutes twice with France [against Finland and Belarus].

"It is important to play several games in a row. Besides, I'm working hard to get ready.

"I've never lost confidence. I've always been sure of myself and my game. When you don't score, the environment tries to contaminate you, but that does not affect me.

"I'm a striker and I love to score, but everybody knows that I [also] enjoy it when I can give assists."

Real Madrid encounter Deportivo La Coruna later on Sunday. Kick-off is at 19:50CET.

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