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Lyon slap 100m euro price tag on Benzema

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 23 Sep 2008

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Lyon have slapped a 100 million euro price tag on France international starlet Karim Benzema, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old, voted last year's player of the year, has got off to a flyer again this season, netting five times to top the French first division's goalscoring chart.

His cool and intelligent 85th minute goal against Fiorentina last week earned Lyon a vital Champions League point, and saved French blushes in the tournament after both Bordeaux and Marseille were defeated.

“We have signed a contract with him until 2013, with a get-out clause of 100 million euros,” said Aulas, adding that Benzema was integral to their bid for Champions League glory, a tournament in which they have never progressed past the last 16.

Benzema has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs, and has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Since 2007 he has become a permanent fixture in France coach Raymond Domenech's plans, featuring in their Euro 2008 championship campaign.

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Actually, Lyon has been past the final 16 three time, in the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 season.s Please check your facts before you write.

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