Benzema rumours persist despite Benitez’s statement

Latest speculations suggest the Frenchman will join the Gunners on a 4-year contract worth €9m a season.

Benzema rumours have been in the air since all summer and  it seems they will continue until either Benzema joins Arsenal or the transfer window closes. Multiple reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to splash up to £45 million for the 27 year old, who has scored 133 goals in 281 games for Los Blancos.

Earlier this week, Benzema rumors were put on the back burner as Real Madrid’ coach insisted that the Frenchman will stay at Santiago Bernabeue.

“Benzema, I think, is going to stay with us,” Benitez told reporters. “I am very happy with him. I have no reason to think he will go.”

Benzema is known as a favourite player of Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, however there have been reports in the Spanish media that Rafa Benitez wants Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to take central attacking roles. This might motivate the former Lyon striker to book flight for the Emirates stadium.