Mixed messages for Benzema

Striker plans to stay at Lyon but chairman casts future doubt

Benzema: Mixed messages

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Karim Benzema intends to remain at Lyon but chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has failed to rule out a move.

The gifted France international is the subject of speculation suggesting he could leave Ligue 1 this summer.

A number of clubs, including Juventus and Manchester United, have been mooted as potential suitors for the striker.

But Benzema told L'Equipe: "I am 21 years old and I will have time to play for another club.

"The clubs are going to carry on calling, everyone is looking for forwards. But I am fine at Lyon.

"If there is a huge offer and the chairman tells me I have to go, I would probably leave. But I will not go and see him to ask to leave."

Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas, however, told Le Dauphine Libere: "He said he wants to stay. I don't want to sell. So he is here at 99 per cent.

"However, Kaka should have not left Milan and he will join Real Madrid. We have entered spiral madness. Anyway I am relaxed. I won't say Karim is untransferable."