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Real Madrid: Karim Benzema says 'criticism is part of my life' after signing new contract until 2021

Benzema: Criticism is part of my life

21/09/2017 at 15:25Updated 21/09/2017 at 17:03

Karim Benzema insists criticism is “part and parcel” of playing at Real Madrid after the Frenchman extended his contract with the club until 2021.

And after putting pen to paper on a deal featuring a €1bn release clause, the Real striker also said he would like to retire at the Bernabeu

The 29-year-old, who joined from Lyon for £30m in 2009, has come under criticism at Real for his lack of goalscoring prowess as a No. 9.

But Benzema is not concerned, and having scored 181 times in 371 games for Los Blancos, he says the constant pressure is part of his life.

“A striker is not just about goals. You have to play the game, get into space and lay on assists, add to the football itself,” Benzema told the club’s official website.

" I know that I have my critics because I don't score as many goals as they'd like. You have to look beyond all that, that's how I see football."

“Obviously, I want to score goals, but I'm proud to say I always think of what is best for the team, that is the most important thing. The modern day forward has to give a little more”.

" Criticism is part of my life. I think that is part and parcel of playing at this level. This club will always have its critics, but we're ok with that."

“I am here to work, when people criticise me it is because they expect more and it is something to work at.”

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