Lyon contacted over Benzema

Real make approach but Ligue 1 side remain keen to keep star

Benzema: Real request

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Real Madrid have contacted Lyon regarding the availability of Karim Benzema, according to the French club's director of communications Olivier Blanc.

Both Real and Manchester United are said to be admirers of the France striker and a summer bid has been mooted.

However, it appears that Benzema is keen to remain at Stade Gerland for another campaign as he looks to continue his development.

Blanc reiterated that Lyon plan to keep hold of the 21-year-old star but admitted Real have approached the Ligue 1 side.

He said in Marca: "Benzema and Lyon have both confirmed their intentions to continue working together.

"The only new issue is that Real Madrid contacted us a few days ago to discover the club's position regarding Benzema.

"But we know the player wants to stay one more year at Lyon and we want to keep him."