Karim Benzema begged not to join Arsenal

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Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to keep star striker Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu this summer and has begged the France international not to join Arsenal.

This is according to the Daily Star, who claim Ancelotti has ensured Benzema that he has a big role to play with the European champions next season. There has been much speculation that Real Madrid will break the world transfer record for the second time in two summers by signing prolific Liverpool forward Luis Suarez - but it seems Ancelotti wants Benzema to stay regardless of the Uruguay international’s potential arrival this summer.

Benzema has expressed his happiness at playing under Ancelotti, who replaced Jose Mourinho last year, and revealed that the Italian “conveys important messages without making anyone feel nervous or anxious” - in direct contrast, one presumes, to Ancelotti’s predecessor.

In 235 appearances for Los Blancos, Benzema has netted 111 goals and provided 61 assists. He scored 24 goals in 52 appearances this season but has still failed to convince everyone at the Bernabeu since his move from Lyon in 2009.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to take the 26-year-old to the Emirates Stadium this summer - and the Gunners’ hopes of signing the Frenchman would be boosted if Real Madrid smash the world transfer record to secure Suarez’s services.

But Benzema appears settled, Ancelotti wants him to say, meaning Wenger may need to look elsewhere for a quality striker to ease the pressure on the club’s main centre-forward Olivier Giroud.

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