Real Madrid are keen to reach a contract extension agreement with French international striker, Karim Benzema but the 26-year-old won’t sign a new deal unless the club doubles his current salary of €4.5 million to €9 million, which would make him tied with Gareth Bale as the second highest-paid player on the squad.
According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Benzema has had no wage increase from his original five-year contract signed upon his €35 million transfer from Lyon in 2009 and the striker’s representatives feel that he has earned that amount, while Real Madrid feel the amount is exorbitant.
Real Madrid are in negotiations with the player’s agent and wish to keep him, evening turning down two lucrative offers to keep the inconsistent forward and are hopeful the player will lower his wage demands before his contract expires next summer.
Benzema is known as one of president Florentino Perez’s favourites, even selling Gonzalo Higuain to keep the Frenchman, while manager Carlo Ancelotti feels he’s a perfect complement to Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has failed to win over the crowd in his five-year spell at the club.
Meanwhile, rumours abound that Real Madrid will sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, which would push Benzema to the bench.