Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has rejected the notion that he is set to leave the Bernabeu this year, despite increasing interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool.
According to Sky Sports, the France international has revealed that he is determined to do well with the Spanish giants and, even though there are those tipping him to leave La Liga this year, he has no intention of throwing in the towel just yet.
This comes off the back of reports claiming that English giants Liverpool and Arsenal were both considering summer moves from him.
"I am happy here. I only think of Real Madrid and I consider that this could be my big year," Benzema said.
The former Lyon man also went on to reveal that his situation at Madrid had vastly improved from earlier on in the season, when he was being booed by home fans for his performances.
"For me it was very hard to hear cries from the grounds in the Bernabeu but I have matured and now the situation is different," he added.
"The support from Zidane was key for my morale recovery."
The fact that Benzema has affirmed his desire to stay may not be seen as too much of a blow to any potential suitors.
Madrid have a tendency of conducting transfer business regardless of the intentions of their players, and could well ship the 26-year-old in favour of a newer model, namely Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero.