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Benzema signs contract extension with Madrid


French international striker, Karim Benzema, has extended his stay with Real Madrid by signing a contract extension until the summer of 2023.

The 33-year-old who joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 has one year left on his contract and the Spanish side risked losing him for free at the end of this season.

Recall that 13-time Champions League winners lost their captain, Sergio Ramos, to Paris Saint-Germain for free after being unable to agree on a contract extension with the Spaniard.

However, the club has saved themselves from another Ramos-situation with Benzema’s new deal.

The Frenchman is 10th on the club’s all-time appearance list (560 in all competitions) after 12 years.

Benzema is also fifth in goals (281) – nine behind Santillana who currently sits in fourth, and 27 goals behind legendary Alfredo di Stefano, who sits third on that list.

The Frenchman’s silverware cabinet includes four Champions League trophies, four Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, three league titles, two Copa del Rey trophies and three Spanish Super Cups.