Lyon reveal Madrid Benzema interest

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Lyon have confirmed Real Madrid have made enquiries about Karim Benzema but insist the striker is not for sale.

The young forward is one of the world's hottest properties at the moment, with Inter Milan and Manchester United, as well as Madrid, among the clubs reportedly considering a £34million bid.

Speculation has increased that the Spanish giants are set to up their efforts to bring Benzema to the Bernabeu after failing in their bid to land Valencia striker David Villa.

Lyon, and the player himself, have always claimed he will remain at the Stade Gerland at least until next summer's World Cup and the club are confident that will happen.

"The only new fact is that Real Madrid got in contact with us a few days ago to know the position of the club on the subject of Karim Benzema," Lyon's director of communications Olivier Blanc told Marca.

"Benzema and Lyon confirmed their initial desire of him staying here. We know that the player wants to stay a year longer at Lyon and that we want to keep him."

Benzema came through the ranks at the French giants and burst onto the scene in the 2007-08 season with 31 goals in 51 games, a streak that saw him named Ligue 1 player of the year as well as top the league's scoring charts.

The last campaign was less impressive for both club and player, as Lyon ended the season without the Ligue 1 title for the first time in eight years, but the France forward nevertheless scored 23 goals in all competitions - an average of a goal every other game.