Lyon Striker Plays Down United Talk

Last updated : 25 February 2008 By Sam
United were reportedly keen on the Lyon forward but he has said he intends to remain in France for the forseeable future.

"I have a contract with Lyon until 2012," he told

"I signed an extension last June.

"There will be plenty of time for me to think about other clubs in the future.

"I don't know when I will take a decision, but one thing that is certain is that it will not be at the end of this season.

"I will still be playing for Lyon next year. I am just 20-years-old, and I have my future in front of me.

"My style of play would fit in best with the game in Spain, then Italy, and then England - in that order," added Benzema.

"I feel honoured that clubs such as Barcelona are interested in me. But I just concentrate on playing football, and I follow the advice of those close to me.

"I haven't discussed anything with the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas. My agent does that for me - my only job is out on the pitch."