Benzema: I'm Real happy!
Karim Benzema is refusing to throw in the towel at Real Madrid and that could spell another summer of frustration for United in their pursuit of the French striker. Sir Alex Ferguson inked in Benzema as his number one attacking priority 12 months ago. Ultimately, the lure of a new Galactico era at the Bernabeu alongside Cristian Ronaldo and Kaka was too tempting for the Lyon hitman. Real's bottomless pot of cash landed Benzema for £30m and blew Fergie's plans apart. The Reds boss had lined up free- transfer forward Michael Owen as a stand-by and when the Benzema deal fell through he turned to the former England goalscorer as an emergency fall- back option. But Ferguson has monitored Benzema's debut campaign in Spain and has been encouraged by the fact the 22-year-old hasn't been an instant hit in La Liga. It has been widely expected that he have a second attempt this summer to convince him of a better future at Old Trafford. However, the French international, who has been left out of France's World Cup squad for the tournament in South Africa, is upbeat and keen to make a success of his Madrid career and is already talking about improvement next term at Real. "I am very happy at Real Madrid and the club trust me," he said. "I'm not disappointed with the season. It's a great experience to play for Real Madrid and next season will be much better. "I wish I had been better, but this is the first of six seasons I will be here. The next year I hope to be much better. "I know when I play well and when I play bad. It's been a very difficult year for me because it is the first time I'm out of my country, away from my family and my friends. The bottom line for me is work, work, work." While Benzema is determined to turn the corner at the Bernabeu, his future could ultimately be decided by the club. Jose Mourinho is being tipped as the threat to Manuel Pellegrini's future in the hottest of hot seats. Any change in the coaching hierarchy could alter Benzema's future and alert United. Significantly Real have made no official statement about Benzema's future but they have moved swiftly to dampen reports that in-form hitman Gonzalo Higuain could be on his way out. Should United go back in for Benzema? Have your say.
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