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Benzema: When you’re starting games at a club like Real Madrid, you don’t leave

Some were surprised by the lack of talk of a possible exit for Karim Benzema from Real Madrid over the summer, but the 29-year-old is adamant that he wants to stay so long as he’s getting regular game time.

Zinedine Zidane’s trust in the striker is total and, despite rumours of an incoming such as Kylian Mbappe, Gareth Bale was considered the more likely to depart in such a scenario.

“As an attacker, when you are starting games, you do not need to leave,” Benzema said in an interview with BeIN Sports France.

“And even more so at a club like Real Madrid.”

The striker stated that Los Blancos hold his sole focus at the moment, although he does not rule out appearing at the 2018 World Cup for France, and notes that the equality across the Madrid squad is the key to their current success.

“There is a structure of six or seven players who have played together for a long time, and we also have good young players,” noted the Frenchman.

“We are in our best moment, and in terms of trophies, yes, this is the best Real team I’ve played with, and also in pure footballing terms.

“We are stronger because we have more than just the first-choice players. There is no difference between the starting XI and the substitutes.”

Big money moves for Neymar and Mbappe have generated headlines in Benzema’s homeland and the forward gave his take on Paris Saint-Germain’s new frontline.

“Personally, I would not say I was surprised but I found [Neymar’s move] strange,” he noted. “But he has his reasons.

“[Mbappe] is a very good player but he’s still young. We must leave him a little, because football is hard.

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