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Benzema staying put at Lyon

14 Mar 2009 - 11:14:11

France striker Karim Benzema is set to disappoint a number of clubs across Europe by staying put at Lyon next season.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona for several months, but Benzema now says he is content to stay put with the French champions.

He told reporters: "I'm going to stay at Lyon. I feel really good at OL, I am surrounded by good people and I still have time.

"I shouldn't have said I would make my decision after the Champions League game with Barcelona.

"This decision will not be changed - whether or not we retain the title, whether or not France qualify for the next World Cup.

"At 21 I am still developing, I am going to get better and progress. At Lyon, I play regularly in big matches and I take part in the Champions League."

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