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Real Madrid: Benzema discusses Haaland, Cristiano Ronaldo talk

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Karim Benzema talked about potential Real Madrid moves for Erling Braut Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo, and discussed his own future.

Benzema ready for Haaland in Madrid, responds to Ronaldo rumours

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema says he has no issue with talk of Erling Braut Haaland moving to the club, as he has become accustomed to speculation linking Los Blancos with other strikers. 

Haaland's future remains a subject of great interest in the media, with the Norway international continuing to be prolific for Borussia Dortmund. 

The 20-year-old, who already has 31 goals in all competitions this season, has been tipped for a move to Madrid, along with another highly talented young forward in Kylian Mbappé.

"I've spent many years here and every month they talk about strikers"

Ahead of the second leg of Madrid's last-16 Champions League tie with Atalanta on Tuesday, Benzema spoke about the possibility of Haaland heading to the Spanish capital at some stage in the future. 

"He's not at the club," the Frenchman, whose double against Elche at the weekend moved him to 20 goals for the season, told the media. "I've spent many years here and every month they talk about strikers and people who can get a lot of goals. 

"He's young and he does a lot for his team. He has to work more for his team and if one day he has the opportunity, and he comes here, then so be it."

Benzema reacts to rumours of Ronaldo Real Madrid return

Benzema was also asked in the pre-match news conference about Cristiano Ronaldo, the club's all-time leading scorer who has been linked with a sensational return. 

Ronaldo left in July 2018, moving to Juventus. "The time has come to open a new stage in my life," he said at the time of the stunning transfer. 

However, Juve's exit from the Champions League to Porto means they have failed to make it any further than the quarter-final stage during the Portugal forward's three years at the club, with the player seemingly now keen to head back to Madrid

"I did a lot here with him, a lot of goals and assists. It was three years ago now [that he left]," Benzema said about Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick for Juve against Cagliari on Sunday. 

"He's at another club now. I'm not the president or the coach. I don't know if he's happy or not at Juventus. Playing with him again... He was always good to me. And he always scores goals.”

Benzema says his "door is open" for Real Madrid contract talks

As for his own future, Benzema remains relaxed about the situation but is willing to open talks about extending his stay at "the best club in the world". 

"I go day by day. I enjoy every training session, every game," he said. "I have a contract until 2022 but my door is open if the president wants to renew me. This is the best club in the world."

More pre-match remarks from Benzema ahead of Madrid's clash with Atalanta