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OFFICIAL: Benzema signs contract extension with Real Madrid

The striker will stay in the club until 2023.

Deportivo Alaves v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid have announced that Karim Benzema has signed a contract extension with the club, with his new deal set to expire in the summer of 2023. Benzema will turn 34 years old next December and is still the undisputed leader of the team’s offensive line.

Benzema took a massive step forward right after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, not only from a scoring perspective but also showing great leadership skills with young players like Vinicius or Rodrygo.

He scored a double in the season opener against Alaves last weekend and while it’s clear that he will have to get some rest more often —even more so now that he’s back with the French national team—, he remains a crucial player and a very valuable asset for Madrid, so this extension makes a lot of sense.

Benzema signed for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for €35 million and has scored 194 goals over 384 appearances for the club.