Real Madrid frontman Karim Benzema is on the verge of signing a new deal at the club which will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2023.

The Frenchman's importance to his side has continued to grow since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 - notching 61 La Liga goals in little over two and a half seasons - and with his current deal expiring in 2022 the club have been eager to begin contract negotiations.

Karim Benzema is on the verge of signing a new deal at Real

Marca report that said talks have already begun and that - all being well - Benzema should sign a new deal before the end of the campaign which will tie him down until 2023.

Despite the 33-year-old's increasing influence on the side, Madrid intend to stay faithful to their policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30.

Benzema has continued to express his desire to remain with the La Liga champions beyond the expiration of his current deal, and the report adds that talks between the two parties are progressing in 'total harmony'.

Should the Frenchman pen fresh terms at the club, it will no doubt come as a relief to president Florentino Perez given the stalling talks with club captain Sergio Ramos.

The Spain international looks to be on the verge of leaving Real this summer with reports suggesting he has already 'said goodbye' to Real having rejected their latest proposal.

Sergio Ramos looks to be heading out of Real

Los Blancos had hoped that Ramos would lead by example in accepting significantly reduced terms at the club as they look to balance the books amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, with Ramos seemingly unwilling to agree to the terms put forward by the club he's represented since 2005, a move away looks increasingly likely with some of Europe's big hitters already monitoring his precarious situation.