Lyon Deny €40m Negotiations With Real Madrid For Karim Benzema

The Ligue 1 giants have moved quickly to quash rumours that Los Blancos have made a tempting offer for their star striker.

Olympique Lyonnais have been forced to act swiftly again to fend off rumours that Karim Benzema is on his way out of the Stade Gerland this summer.

Reports in the Spanish media had claimed yesterday that Real Madrid have made the 21-year-old hotshot their prime target after abandoning their chase for David Villa, while there were also rumours that les Gones are currently engaged in negotiations to sell Benzema to los Merengues for €40 million.

“There are no negotiations with Real Madrid for Benzema. The only news is that Madrid contacted us a few days ago to ascertain the position of the club in regards to Benzema,” Lyon’s director of communications, Olivier Blanc, was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.

“The player, as well as Olympique Lyonnais, have confirmed his initial desire, which is to remain with us. We know that he wants to stay here one more year and we want to keep him,” he added.

It has been speculated that los Blancos president Florentino Perez has already met with the player’s agent, Karim Djaziri, at least twice - once in Madrid and once in Geneva. But Djaziri had previously affirmed that his client intends to stay in France for the 2009-10 league season in order to prepare for the 2010 World Cup, while OL supremo Jean-Michel Aulas recently told exclusively that ‘Benzinho’ will remain with the club for at least another year.

KS Leong,