Karim Benzema responds to speculation linking him with Arsenal and Manchester United transfers

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Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has responded to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, indicating that he has no intention of making a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United.

The 27-year-old is into his seventh season in the Spanish capital and has already made a good start to this campaign, scoring in his first La Liga start for new boss Rafa Benitez in Real Madrid’s recent 5-0 win over Real Betis.

Benzema has netted 20+ goals in each of his past five seasons at Real Madrid, and it’s no surprise that the former Lyon man would be the subject of interest from Europe’s elite, but the French international doesn’t appear to have any interest in an imminent transfer, stating: “There was nothing in the talk of a transfer away from Madrid,” he said, speaking to Telefoot [via Goal].

“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.”

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Arsenal could well have done with adding a prolific forward to boost their blunt attack, with Arsene Wenger now having to depend on Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck to offer an end product.

The last of these three is injured until at least Christmas, leaving Wenger potentially regretting his inability to snap up a top-class striker.

Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal elected to sign AS Monaco teenager Anthony Martial on transfer deadline-day and will hope the French forward delivers the goods.

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