Benzema considering future
Lyon star wants to progress in Europe
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 12, 2009 11:05am
Benzema: Future uncertain
Lyon striker Karim Benzema has admitted his future could depend on the club's success in the UEFA Champions League.
The France international has attracted interest from a number of leading sides across Europe, with Real Madrid and Manchester United reported to be at the head of the queue.
The 21-year-old's current contract with the seven-times and current French champions runs until 2013, but he is clearly ambitious to enjoy greater success in Europe's premier club competition.
Lyon have been drawn to face Barcelona in the last 16 of this season's tournament, and Benzema admits their fate against the in-form Spanish league leaders may sway his decision.
"I have reflected a bit on this subject during the winter break," he told French newspaper 10 Sport.
"I'd like to keep my opinion to myself before speaking about it to my family and my agent. But yes, we will have to see what happens after Barcelona.
"We have to stop all this talk about Lyon (underachieving) and to do that, we need to get past the quarter-finals.
"I love this club. I want to stay. But I would also really like it if we stopped getting knocked out in the last 16."
When asked if he was going to be at Lyon next season, Benzema added: "Honestly, I don't know. We will see. For the moment, I am finishing the season here. I feel good at Lyon.
"I get on very well with president (Jean-Michel) Aulas and I have spoken to him about certain things, like about staying until 2010.
"But we have to have special aims in the Champions League."
At the start of the season, Aulas slapped a price tag of 100million euros on Benzema, who has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 this campaign.