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Why did Karim Benzema not sign for Manchester United

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It is no longer a secret that Manchester United, under the regime of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009, were massively interested in Karim Benzema, who was playing for the French side Lyon.

Having scored 66 goals in 148 games for the club at the age of 21, the player caught the eyes of people at Real Madrid as well, and he eventually chose to join to the Santiago Bernabeu side.

What’s not very well known that Lyon sold Benzema to Real Madrid for a lesser transfer fee than what was being offered by the Manchester United.

This is according to Jean-Michel Aulas, who was speaking to beIN Sports in France on Monday evening.

He said:

When Karim was solicited to leave Lyon, we had two offers: Manchester United and Real Madrid, and Karim, like Nabil (Fekir), came to see me, and that’s where there’s relationship that shows trust, and told me ‘My dream is to play for Real Madrid’, and so he went to Real Madrid for an inferior fee to what we had from Manchester United.

Benzema moved to Spain for £31.5m nevertheless, which was a lot of money back in those days.

In another Manchester United news, it’s getting difficult for Victor Lindelof at Man Utd.


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