October 20, (THEWILL) – Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has hinted at a move to Major League Soccer (MLS), admitting that the sport is “getting better and better there.”
Despite being under contract with Real Madrid until June 2023, the Frenchman has refused to rule out a move to the United States.
“I like the USA. Football is getting better and better there. But am I telling you I will sign there? Right now, I am in Madrid,” he told ESPN.
The French forward arrived at Real Madrid in 2009 from Lyon. He has since scored 287 goals in 566 games for the club.
“I take year by year. As long as I have this desire, this joy and I am loving football, I continue,” he said. “I don’t look at age or what is happening. It is all down to how I feel physically.
“I will never force it. I am 33; I will turn 34 in December. I continue to play, I feel better and better, so I have to continue. And to make the most of it.”
If he chooses to play in the United States, the forward will bring an impressive resume to the league. In his time at Real Madrid, he was named French Player of the Year three times, won the UEFA Champions League four times, and won 13 titles overall.
Benzema is also a current Ballon d’Or contender, attempting to become the first Frenchman to win the award since Zinedine Zidane, who has backed his compatriot to win.
If he makes the switch after a successful career in Europe, the talented striker would not be the first star to play in Major League Soccer in recent years. David Beckham, David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Gonzalo Higuain, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all started in the MLS.