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Benzema Staying With Lyon

Source: Goal.com



FC Barcelona have no chance of signing Karim Benzema this summer at all and nor do any other team as his personal prime agent has already made it very clear that staying at Olympique Lyon to gain experience is the player's top priority.

The 20-year-old sensational teenage starlet has been targeted by many of Europe's heavyweight clubs and the Blaugrana are the latest to be linked with a move for him after Txiki Begiristain flew to France to watch him play in midweek.

Benzema has not intention of leaving Olympique Lyonnais, however, as he wants to stay with his hometown club to continue learning before considering looking abroad to further his career, accord to his agent Karim Djaziri.

"He is not going to leave Lyon. I know that there are a lot of interested clubs, but he is still young and wants to stay and gain more experience," the player's representative said. "Next season he will continue to play for Lyon and then we shall see. He does not want to leave and that is why we renewed his contact a few weeks ago. There is no buy-out clause included as he does not want to move and Lyon do not want to sell."

After joining Lyon at the age of eight, Benzema worked his way through the club's youth ranks before making his first team debut in 2004 and was originally considered to be a winger. But under Alain Perrin he has excelled in a central role that has taken him over the 20-goal barrier and won him a host of new admirers.
 
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