€1bn release clause for Benzema!
So it seems Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has agree to a 2-year extension to his current deal, which will come with a massive £900m (€1bn) release clause, according to reports in France. Yes, billion!
There were plenty of rumours flying around this summer about the future of the French striker. He has been hard up to see significant time under Zinedine Zidane and many thought Arsenal were the favourites to sign the striker in the transfer window.
Benzema had also been offered a €50m-a-year deal to move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, but with no negotiations continuing further then that French publication Le Journal du Dimanche report that he is now committing his future to the La Liga giants.
This may not be pleasing to the ear for some Real supporters. At the weekend he was booed off the pitch during Real's draw against Valencia.
After the match Zidane said: "The fans here do what they wish. The important thing for us is that Karim gets chances. He did not score them today, but that's not important. This is football. Sometimes the ball does not go in. But we do not have to give an opinion on what the fans think."
Even with a reduction in game time Benzema was still able to net 19 goals and 9 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. The striker's current contract will expire in 2019 and he is expected to sign this two year extension at the end of the month.
The Neymar transfer has now made it a must to include very large release clauses in player contracts. In a market that seems completely out of control we are going to start seeing some ridiculous numbers thrown around in the upcoming years.