srijeda, 6. siječnja 2010.

Manchester United Keen To Lure Karim Benzema Away From Real Madrid

As reported by Barcelona-based sports daily Sport, Manchester United has decided to wait until the end of the current season before mounting an assault for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The Red Devils are said to be extremely interested in the former Olympique de Lyon talisman and the intention is to put a little more than €22 million on the table to try to convince Los Blancos to sell.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson already made a push for the French striker last summer, before being out-muscled by Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The Premier League side believes that in the next few months Benzema will continue to fall short of the lofty expectations placed upon him and that Madrid will be obligated to accept a lower amount than they originally paid for him.

Benzema has had a very well documented period of adjustment to La Liga, relegated to the bench for many of Madrid's matches in the first half of the season.

However, in the last month, as the player has become more comfortable with life in Spain and the Spanish language, he has exhibited an improvement in form, most notably against Valencia (when he started the match in place of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo) and Zaragoza.

Benzema is currently Madrid's third leading scorer with five goals and reports out of Madrid seem to indicate that the Frenchman will start next weekend's match against Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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About Real Madrid C.F.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid (and in Spain, within an adequate context, simply as el Madrid), is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. It is the most successful team in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century, having won a record thirty-one La Liga titles, seventeen Spanish Cups, a record nine European Cups and two UEFA Cups. Real was a founding member of FIFA and the now-defunct G–14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association. The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "Royal", and was added in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

The team traditional home colours are all white, although it initially adopted a blue oblique stripe on the shirt. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand; the current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920s. Real's home ground is the 80,354-person-capacity Santiago Bernabéu football stadium in downtown Madrid, where it has played since 1947.

Real Madrid holds long-standing rivalries with some other clubs; the most notable of these is with FC Barcelona, the two teams regularly contest in El Clásico. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception. The club is the world's richest football club (€351m) in terms of revenue and the second most valuable (worth over €950m as of 2008).