Karim Benzema to Manchester United or Arsenal: Agent plays down transfer talk surrounding Real Madrid striker

France international linked with Premier League move

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The agent of Karim Benzema has played down talk of a summer transfer to the Premier League for his client.

Reports suggest Manchester United have turned their attention to Benzema after losing hope that a deal can be reached with Real Madrid for Gareth Bale. If that is true, they will have joined Arsenal in the pursuit of the France international. The Gunners have held a long-term interest.

However, despite the transfer tittle-tattle, no talks have been held with either.

"I haven't met with any club in London. Not with United and not with anyone else. We haven't held talks with anyone other than Real Madrid," Karim Djaziri is quoted as saying by Marca.

"What is Karim going to do in Manchester? He's happy in Madrid. He doesn't want to leave. Benzema would only leave if Real Madrid told him he was surplus to requirements, because he isn't going to leave of his own accord.

"Karim wants to see out his contract. He wants to retire at Real Madrid."


Manchester United are actively seeking reinforcements after opting not to make Radamel Falcao's loan permanent and there being uncertainty over the future of Robin van Persie.