Benzema happy at Madrid

Karim Benzema has again stated his desire to continue to play for Real Madrid and has rejected reports he has been in contact with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.The 23-year-old has been linked with a move out of the Santiago Bernabeu, with both Arsenal and Juventus said to be interested in his services, and speculation on his future has increased following reports linking Madrid with Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero, Santos’ Neymar and a permanent deal for Manchester City frontman Emmanuel Adebayor.

However, Benzema insists that he has no intention of leaving last season’s Copa del Rey winners and denied that he had held discussions with Wenger or a representative from Juve.

“I have not spoken to anyone,” the France international told Spanish sports daily AS.

“I am in Madrid and I want to succeed here. There is nothing else.”

“It is normal that Madrid want to sign the best players in the world, but I will work hard to play. I will give 100 percent.”

Benzema also underlined the harmonious relationship he enjoys with coach Jose Mourinho.

“There is no problem with him. He is a great coach,” he said.

The former Lyon attacker is currently with the rest of the Madrid squad on a pre-season tour in the USA.