Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Lyon president confirms Benzema interest

Asked about the future of Olympique Lyon forward and French international Karim Benzema (21), Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michal Aulas has confirmed in an interview with French sports paper Le 10 Sport that Barcelona is among the interested clubs:

"We will do everything to keep him here next season. You all know the admiration we have for Karim and the good relationship we have with him. If it's possible, it's worth to make the effort. We will do everything so that he stays with us for just a little longer. If the results keep up with our ambitions, I'm sure that we'll have solid arguments to convince him to stay.

The prestigious clubs that are trying to sign Karim shouldn't be seen as disloyal competitors. It's on the contrary an honour to know that Manchester United, Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester City and Real Madrid are interested in him. It's better that people envy you than that they have pity for you. It's good for him, but it's also good for Olympique Lyon.

When we talked about an asking price of 100 million euro, that was a way of saying that he was not for sale. We still didn't change that point of view. The plan is not to sell Karim, but to give him the means so he can help bringing Olympique Lyon to the top. Karim and Lyon both want to reach the top of European football. As of this year, we will do everything to come closer to that goal."

Read more:
Benzema and Cesc on the president's wish list
Lyon rejects offer for Benzema
Benzema agent confirms Barcelona interest


Anonymous said...

I pray to God I become very Wealthy. C wot money does?


spot the

Anonymous said...

i dislike this chap very much.i prefer Aguero to him he does npt merit this audacious bid and i strongly believe he will be a flop. i prefer he moves to any other team and what angers me is the fact that he admires madrid.Pep please are Barca gradually forgetting Aguero? He is a complete player.Recently i read a news that suggested that Marradonna was recommending him to inter. Athletico looks set to sell him so we must surely go in for him. He and Zirkhof would compliment the team plus one or two from the youth side.Don't forget we still have Bojan and Benzema's presence will complicate issues. we have to be wise enough.60mil,Gosh Aulas must be dreaming.

Anonymous said...

Well you have to remember last summer when we initially wanted him he said the only club he would leave for would be Barcelona. So he may be keen on Real Madrid but who knows. I like him but he dissapointed in the Euro's and Ligue 1 is not as tough as La Liga. Personally I'd prefer Agüero but that's why they pay Txiki and Pep the big bucks. Lol

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