Karim Benzema is a faithful soldier and he always has been, now everyone admires the Frenchman and within Real Madrid there is an acknowledgement that he has shown both loyalty and commitment.
Never has the former Lyon star asked for either a contract renewal or contract improvement, he has always accepted his role in the team, both sportingly and fiscally, yet since Cristiano Ronaldo has departed, he has taken on a leadership role.
His numbers since this role change tell the entire story, with 41 goals and 16 assists coming in the 68 matches he’s played without Ronaldo.
He hasn’t asked for anything in returned, he feels appreciated and well paid and at the age of 32, Benzema isn’t at all worried about his contractual situation.
There are no such worries within the offices of Valdebebas either, because they know Benzema will give his all until his very last day with Los Blancos.
If he doesn’t feel happy then he will be the first to mention it, but those in power in Madrid know that their partnership with the Frenchman has no set expiration date beyond what is on paper.
June will mark 11 years since Benzema left France for the Spanish capital, and Benzema is still a fundamental piece of Zinedine Zidane’s team, whether his critics like it or not.
The situation surrounding his international career is a source of mystery in Madrid, yet Los Merengues continue to value him highly and there can never be a single question over the forward’s loyalty, with him more focused than ever on his day-to-day work.