OFFICIAL: Real Madrid extend Karim Benzema contract
Karim Benzema extends his contract with Real Madrid until June 2023, club statement announces, he will continue to play for Real Madrid until the end of the 2022-2023 season.
In the 2020-2021 season, Benzema had played 46 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, scoring 30 goals and providing nine assists, maintaining an efficient attacking presence. In addition, he returned to the French national team after six years and gave a bright performance in the European Cup this summer.
Since 2009, Benzema has scored 281 goals in 560 appearances for Real Madrid. His contract with the club until June 2023.
The 33-year-old, who signed from Lyon at the age of 21 in 2009, will now be at Real Madrid until he is at least 35.
This new contact is more than deserved after three extremely impressive seasons for Benzema, in which he’s been Los Blancos’ main attacking option following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Much of his success in recent seasons has been down to his hard work on the training ground, which has seen him remain in peak condition as he enters the latter stages of his career.
Benzema arrived at the club for 36 million euros alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, and in his 12 years at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu he has scored 281 goals.
He is the club’s fifth top all-time goal scorer, and with another two years left at the club he needs just 27 goals to surpass Santillana (290 goals) and Alfredo Di Stefano (308 goals) in the rankings.
Six renewals in three months
Benzema has followed in the footsteps of five of his teammates in penning a new deal at Real Madrid, as Luka Modric (2022), Lucas Vazquez (2024), Nacho Fernandez (2023), Dani Carvajal (2025) and Thibaut Courtois (2026) have all agreed contract extensions in the last three months.
While some members of the so-called old guard have seen their contracts extended, the same cannot be said for the likes of Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale. If a departure if not found for any of the three, they will depart Real Madrid when their contracts expire next summer.