Karim Benzema has committed his future to Real Madrid by signing a contract extension until 2019 after snubbing advances from Premier League clubs.
Speculation regarding the France forward’s future in the Spanish capital had been rife in recent weeks, but he will remain at the Bernabeu until 2019.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were among the Premier League sides linked to the 26-year-old this summer but the former Lyon man will not be plying his trade in England next season.
Radamel Falcao had been touted as a potential replacement for Benzema at Madrid – yet the club have put faith in their current star forward to partner Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and the newly-arrived James Rodriguez in attack.
Benzema has scored 111 goals in 235 appearances since signing for the club from Lyon in 2009, including an impressive 24 in 52 last season as Real lifted their 10th Champions League trophy.