Karim Benzema hoping to sign new Real Madrid contract

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Karim Benzema has confirmed he intends to sign a new contract with Real Madrid despite reported interest from Arsenal.

The France international has just one-year to run on his contract at the Bernabeu and reports suggested that Real Madrid would be willing to sell him should they seal a move for Luis Suarez.

If true, Arsenal seemed to have placed themselves at the front of the queue to seal his signature. Arsene Wenger has been tracking Benzema for a few summers and was linked with a move last summer, before eventually opting to sign his teammate Mesut Ozil instead.

Wenger is now fully focused on signing a world-class striker this summer and was reportedly ready to pay big to secure Benzema, who scored 26 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions.

However, according to the player himself, Benzema's long-term future lies at the Bernabeu, after admitting he hopes to sign a new deal presently. He even admitted he would welcome the competition Suarez would bring to the club.

Speaking to Marca, Benzema said: "I hope to reach an agreement with Real Madrid, there is no other club like this one. Every year I feel better and only think about Real. I'm happy here with my family. My parents go where I go, they come to see me a lot."

With regards to Suarez, he said: "I'm not under any special pressure about it. Suárez is a great player and has played a great season. If he comes, he'll be a help."

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Benzema's France teammate Loic Remy as well as Swansea and Ivory Coast star Wilfried Bony. Wenger has £100m to spend on transfers this summer and is also hoping to sign a right-back, a goalkeeper and a defensive midfielder.

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