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Claudio Marchisio Reveals Karim Benzema was 'Close' to Moving to Juventus After Leaving Lyon

Karim Benzema was close to joining Juventus instead of Real Madrid
Karim Benzema was close to joining Juventus instead of Real Madrid / Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Claudio Marchisio has revealed that Karim Benzema was close to joining Juventus from Lyon in 2009 before eventually signing for Real Madrid.

The Frenchman has gone on to become one of Madrid's greatest goalscorers, with 272 goals in 545 appearances, and Marchisio has revealed that Benzema was considering a switch to Turin.

“It’s true, Benzema was close to Juventus, the year Ciro Ferrara was the coach,” Marchisio told YouTube channel 'Cronache di Spogliatoio'.

“He hadn’t done well at Real Madrid and the Merengues had to choose whether to sell him or Gonzalo Higuain. They ended up both staying and a few years later Higuain went to Napoli. Karim was really close to joining us at Juve that year, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. There was definitely a possibility, though.

"It's a pity, given that, after CR7 [Cristiano Ronaldo]'s farewell [from Madrid], only he is scoring ".

Benzema was contemplating moving to Juventus during the 2009-10 season, when Ciro Ferrara was coaching the team. The move could have turned the Serie A giant's season around, who finished a disappointing seventh in the league, were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages, and Ferrara was sacked midway through the season.