Fergie responds to Aulas jibe

United boss denies expressing an interest in Benzema

Benzema: A source of debate

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Sir Alex Ferguson feels Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is being 'mischievous' regarding his comments about Karim Benzema.

Prior to Manchester United's UEFA Champions League meeting with Lyon last week, Ferguson spoke briefly about Benzema, saying the striker is a source of pride for the French champions.

Reports have also suggested that United are lining up a summer bid for the youngster, which drew a frosty response from Aulas.

The Lyon president claimed that the alleged interest from the Premier League champions was having a 'destabilising' effect.

But, ahead of the second leg between the two sides at Old Trafford next Tuesday, United boss Ferguson responded to Aulas' accusations.

Honest opinion

"When you are asked about the quality of a player, you give an honest opinion," said Ferguson.

"He is a good player. But we have said the same about Juninho, [Hatem] Ben Arfa and [Jeremy] Toulalan.

"I think [Aulas] is being a little bit mischievous. We have never said that we are interested in Benzema.

"I haven't said it yet and I don't say we are interested now."