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Striker Benzema refutes Arsenal move claims

Karim Benzema has denied reports he came close to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal this summer.

The French forward was strongly linked with a move to the Gunners but he remained in Madrid for the start of his seventh campaign with Real.

Karim Benzema is not leaving. Credit: PA

When asked about the rumours that he would join Arsenal, Benzema said to French TV show Telefoot: "Not at all.

"I'm not going to repeat myself every time.

"I'm at the best club in the world and I'm going to continue to work every year.

"I'm happy where I am."


Fifa to investigate De Gea's failed Man United exit

David De Gea is in limbo. Credit: PA

Fifa is understood to be looking into the details surrounding Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea's collapsed transfer but it would be up to Real Madrid to make an appeal as it is the Spanish transfer window which has closed.

The only grounds for a successful appeal would be if the club could prove there was a failure in the administration involving the Spanish authorities.

Liverpool and Spurs target joins Real Sociedad

Asier Illarrmendi has returned to the Basque Country. Credit: PA

Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi has left Real Madrid to return to former club Real Sociedad in a deal worth almost £12million.

The Basque has signed a six-year deal with the San Sebastian outfit, having previously being linked with a move to Spurs or Liverpool.


Wenger dismisses Benzema talk but doesn't rule out signing striker

Karim Benzema's future is uncertain. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger was quick to dismiss any move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in this transfer window but says a move for the striker could happen should 'something exceptional' come up.

The French striker has been linked with the Gunners all summer but his club manager Rafael Benitez has already said Benzema won't be leaving.

When asked about a potential move for Benzema, Wenger said: "It is just media talk.

"At the moment we have no (Alexis) Sanchez, no (Danny) Welbeck, and when these players come back we feel we have the needed striking force. But we do not rule it out if something exceptional comes up to do it."

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