Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has revealed that he was never planning to leave the Bernabeu, despite the constant speculation that he was about to complete a sensational move to Arsenal, the Daily Express report.
Following the arrival of Petr Cech, the 27-year-old was touted as the acquisition that would elevate the Gunners from top four contenders to title favourites, but Benzema explained that he was never planning on becoming the final piece in the jigsaw (via Express).
“There was nothing in the talk of a transfer away from Madrid,” he said.
“I’m happy at my current club, it’s the best in the world. I’ll continue to work here and be happy where I am,” he said.
The Frenchman’s insistence that a Premier League switch was never on the cards is likely to frustrate Gunners fans even further.
While having to watch the final weeks of the window pass without a single name following Cech through the Emirates door would have been frustrating, the disgruntled supporters may have taken some consolation from the possibility that Arsene Wenger was trying desperately to bring the former Lyon man in right up until the deadline.
However, Benzema’s assertion that he was always going to stay in the Spanish capital would suggest that the north London outfit would have known that the writing was on the wall for a long time, and would have been left with more than enough time to find an alternative.
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