Reported Liverpool transfer target Karim Benzema will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer, according to the player's agent.
Benzema has been linked with a number of clubs amidst rumours that the Frenchman is unhappy in the Spanish capital, with Liverpool leading the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United in a reputed race for the player.
However, Karim Djazir told Sport.co.uk that a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu was not on the radar for the 23-year-old former Lyon striker.
“No, no, no, no...he will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer,” the agent told Sport.co.uk.
Signed for €35 million back in 2009, Benzema has been prolific in-front of goal and has 19 goals in all competitions to his name for Los Blancos this term. First team opportunities haven't always been forthcoming under 'the special one' though, leading to claims that the player will search regular football elsewhere.
Kenny Dalglish, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were all alerted, and the three clubs have all been linked with a move for the player over the past two years, with United's dating further back to his time in Ligue 1.
Despite adding two strikers at Anfield in January, Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the player as Dalglish looks to add another striker to his ranks this summer.
The Merseysiders spent over £55 million in bringing Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll to the club, but the Scot is thought to be keen on adding depth to the position and Benzema was seen as a 'superstar' addition at Liverpool by both the manager and director of football, Damien Comolli.
However, the strenuous rebuff from Djazir means Liverpool must now look elsewhere, and with the same website claiming an approach for German international Mario Gomez, it appears the Reds have numerous striking irons in the fire.