Real Madrid have dashed Arsenal's hopes of landing long term target Karim Benzema after the the French international has agreed to the terms of his new contract with Los Blancos, according to the Daily Star.
Benzema, currently preparing for France's quarter-final clash with Germany in Brazil, joined the club in 2009 and only had a year remaining on his contract, however before departing for World Cup duty, the striker who has scored 72 goals for the European Champions, stressed he wanted to remain at the club and sign a new and improved deal.
Committed to Real
There has been much speculation that the Frenchman was going to join Arsenal following speculation surrounding the arrival of Falcao from Monaco however the players agent Karim Djaziri, took to the media in the hope that the speculation would die down.
"Talks about renewing began quite a long time ago. We got together with Florentino Pérez last September, and then again in December, then in March and now, last Monday."
"It is true that his contract has not been extended, but Karim is a man of his word, and he told Florentino that he wants to remain at the club of his dreams for as long as possible. What is certain is that, whatever happens, he is not going to leave Real Madrid"
The news will come as a bitter blow for Arsene Wenger who has been chasing the star man for a number of years and was prepared to meet the £40 million price tag.
Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema, deadly combination
Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema, dubbed: "BBC," by the Spanish press, combined for an incredible 97 goals out of the 160 scored by the team over the 60 games last season, and Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez believes the three have created an optimal understanding that could flourish even more in their second season together.
Carlo Ancelotti will be delighted with the news considering all along he wanted to keep hold of the former Lyon frontman.
The French striker was reportedly asking the club to double his salary to €10 million per season however it was thought that the club had offered €7 million, although the final details of the renegotiations have yet to be revealed.
Further speculation is that if Falcao finally arrives at Real, he will take over the number nine shirt from Benzema although the Colombian will have to fight for his place after the performance of Benzema alongside Bale and Ronaldo last season.
Benzema secures Real future
Former Real Madrid and Mexico striker, Hugo Sanchez, has weighed in suggesting Benzema needs too toughen up for the Madrid giants.
"Benzema is a player who can be a number 9 or a number 10, but he needs to be a bit tougher, a bit more aggressive, to show a bit more character. It will be hard for him to change now, and I do respect his style."
"But to be at Real Madrid you need that little bit more", said Sánchez.
The former Real striker is more than qualified to comment on Benzema after scoring 207 goals in 283 matches, during a seven-year career in the Spanish capital.