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Benzema extension talks stall on pay rise demands

The striker currently takes home a salary of 4.5 million euros per season but wants to double his pay packet if he renews with Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema, whose contract expires on 30 June 2015, has still not renewed terms with Real Madrid. Worse still, both parties have contrasting ideas regarding the player’s future. The player is hoping to double his salary in any future contract extension and earn the same as Gareth Bale (Benzema currently takes home 4.5 million euros after tax but hopes he can negotiate a similar wage deal to the Welshman, who earns double). The players representative argue that it is the first pay rise their client has requested during his five years at the club but Madrid consider the demands out of the question.

Benzema’s priority is to continue at Madrid. He has already rejected two offers – one from Paris Saint-Germain, who remain hopeful of getting another offer on the table before the striker is free to starting talking to other clubs in January.

In the back rooms of the Bernabéu, directors have discussed selling Álvaro Morata and Benzema and with the revenue gained from those transfers, go all out to prise Luis Suárez away from Liverpool. For Florentino Pérez, the Uruguayan would be the marquee signing of the summer and Madrid are prepared to pay any price to land him. The only opposition to such an operation has come from Carlo Ancelotti who believes that Benzema complements Cristiano, while Luis Suárez would change the dynamic of Madrid’s attack.

Estadísticas AS.com