Mixed feelings for Benzema
Striker looks to proposed move to Real
By James Dall. Last Updated: July 3, 2009 10:26pm
Karim Benzema has spoken of his mixed feelings ahead of his proposed move from Lyon to Real Madrid.
Ligue 1 club Lyon have accepted a fee in the region of £30million for their attacking star.
Talks are now under way between Real and Benzema as the Spanish giants look to add yet another exciting talent to their ranks.
The France international is eagerly anticipating fulfilling a childhood dream of playing for Los Blancos but will be sad to part company with Lyon.
"I'm sad and happy at the same time," Benzema told Lyon's official website.
"I'm happy because I'll be signing for a great club, which is one of the biggest in the world.
"When I was 16-18 this is the team I dreamed of above all. Now, in a few weeks, I'll be there. I am very happy.
"But I'm sad because I'm leaving behind my friends, the people with whom I grew up here in Lyon - I love all these things. But I will always follow Lyon because this club made me grow.
"I owe them everything."
Questioned as to whether he felt he could emulate the achievements of his future team-mates in winning the Ballon d'Or, awarded to the best footballer in Europe, he replied: "Yes, I have thought about this.
"I must just keep having good seasons with many great matches whether with the club or the French national side.
"For me, this must be a player's goal in his head, even if it's an individual trophy.
"But if you want to be a somebody in football, and be recognised, you need to win the Ballon d'Or at least once. It's always in the back of my mind.
"All that's happened to me so far has been a dream, but I must keep working to make others come true."