Benzema: United have tried to sign me

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Manchester United have tried to sign Karim Benzema for the past three or four seasons, according to the Real Madrid striker.

The 24-year-old, who is set to lead France's line against England in tonight's Euro 2012 Group D clash, has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, but so far turned down all advances.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge admirer of Benzema, and is keen to bring him to Old Trafford ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

However, after scoring an impressive 31 goals for the La Liga giants last season, the French forward is happy to remain at the Bernabeu.

"The rumours about my future are common, every summer it's the same that I will be going to this club and that club," he is quoted in the Sun on Sunday. "But I am very happy at Real Madrid and the thought about leaving has never crossed my mind.

"I know Manchester United have tried to sign me for the past three or four seasons. When I was at Lyon they and a number of other English clubs wanted me but could not agree terms with Lyon. Besides, I wanted to go to Spain and I can honestly say I have never regretted that decision.

"I'm still young and I have a contract at Madrid until 2015. I still want to achieve things at the club. I have had a taste of success after winning the Spanish title but I want more."

He added: "I would never say never about coming to England and, to be honest, I have no real preference in terms of teams. But that is a long way in the future, not something I would even consider at the moment."

Despite Benzema's insistence that he is not looking to negotiate a move away from Spain, his agent Jonathan Hope told the Daily Mail that his client could link up with the reigning Premier League champions this summer, much to the annoyance of Manchester United.

"I have put Benzema forward after a talk with a reliable source at Manchester City as a possible summer signing," he said.

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