Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has quashed all talk about a rumoured move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. He has announced that the Spanish capital club is his home.
According to Daily Mail, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been given the go ahead to make a club record move for the French international forward. Former England international Rodney Marsh has claimed that a fee of around £48m ($75.7m) had been accepted by the 10-time European champions.
Manchester United were also linked with a move, according to the Guardian, as Louis van Gaal ponders the need for a striker after the departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. But the striker has moved to end speculation regarding his future at the Santiago Bernabeu, when he tweeted his commitment to Real on Monday 24 August.
"For all those clowns who want to make believe things at my fans. Here this is my home!" Benzema posted on his official Twitter account, along with a picture of himself in the dressing room.
The Gunners boss had admitted that he will sign a player only if someone exceptional became available. Hehas now accepted defeat about the possibility of Benzema moving to the Emirates Stadium this summer, while insisting that Real did not want to sell Benzema.
"That story is dead. That story has always been created every week. When a player has a contract it's the club that decides," Wenger said, following Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Monday night (August 24), as quoted by Goal.com
"Real Madrid have said many times they don't want to sell him. It's the same for us when we have a player under contract," the Frenchman added.
Benzema is currently out with injury and did not feature for the La Liga giants in their opening game of the season against Sporting Gijon, but Benitez has also made it clear that the striker remains in his plans for the upcoming season.
Wenger has been urged to sign a forward this summer. The Gunners legend Thierry Henry has insisted that a top quality striker will help Arsenal become a genuine title challengers.