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Benzema has been linked with a return to United.

Karim Benzema reacts to Manchester United speculation

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Ever since Jose Mourinho was officially confirmed as Manchester United manager last week, the club have been linked with a host of high-profile names.

There is no doubt there is going to be plenty of comings and goings at Old Trafford over the next couple of months as Mourinho attempts to take the Red Devils back to the top of English football.

To do so, he will aim to purchase high-profile names with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being heavily linked with a sensational reunion with Mourinho.

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However, another player that the boss is reportedly keen to work with again is Karim Benzema.

Last week, the Independent reported that Mourinho had identified the French striker as his number one transfer priority and speculation was only increased when Benzema posted an Instagram picture with a Manchester United badge in the background.

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Benzema on Mourinho

However, the Champions League winner has moved quickly to quash any speculation suggesting he was ready to swap Madrid for Manchester - although he admits his three years working under ‘The Special One’ were….’special.’

“Mourinho was something special,” he told Marca.

“It did not go well at first, then it got better, with ups and downs.”

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Benzema on Real Madrid

Despite his admiration for the Portuguese, he insists he doesn’t want to leave the Bernabeu.

“I'm not the player I was then when I was younger, and I'm proud that say that. But no club makes me dream like Real Madrid.

"I always say I'm at the best club in the world, with the stadium, the fans, with a level of playing that is very demanding, with the best players in the world.

Getafe CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

“Away from here, I do not know where to go, really. I do not look at leaving to go to another place.

“This is the top. There are other clubs that can give a lot of money to play with them, but I do not like that.

“I like football and here is the best.”

Need for a striker

It’s no surprise that Mourinho is keen to try and convince Benzema to join him in Manchester. The striker managed 24 goals in 27 La Liga appearances last season - compared to Wayne Rooney’s eight in 28 in the Premier League.

Towards the end of the campaign, the club relied upon 18-year-old Marcus Rashford - highlighting the need for another striker in the summer transfer window.

But it would take a huge offer from United to convince a European champion to leave Madrid and join a club without Champions League football next season. However, if there’s anyone that can attract a world-class player, it’s Mourinho.

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Scholes
Karim Benzema
Manchester United
Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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