​Karim Benzema's agent has apparently confirmed that the forward has signed a new one-year contract extension at Real Madrid to keep the striker with the Spanish giants until 2022.

The Frenchman contract had been due to expire in 2021, but he will now remain at the club for a further year and celebrate his 34th birthday at the Bernabeu - if indeed his agent's comments are true.

Benzema has 18 goals in 32 appearances for Real this season, and has been the club's top scorer since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure in 2018.

Karim Benzema

As reported by Spanish news outlet ​AS, Benzema's agent Karim Djaziri confirmed the deal on ​Radio Montecarlo. 

Djaziri is quoted as saying: "For now, he [Benzema] has just extended his contract until 2022, he is official. He is totally in love with ​Real Madrid."

The club and player are now waiting until the end of the season to make the deal official. With Benzema aged 32, the one-year extension is thought to be in line with Real's transfer policy.

The forward moved to Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009 - a club Djaziri says Benzema always has 'in his heart'.

During his 11 years in Madrid, ​Benzema has found the net 240 times in 497 appearances, making him Real's sixth all-time top goal scorer.

The 32-year-old is just three goals away from overtaking Ferenc Puskas and jumping into fifth place in Los Blancos' all-time top scorer charts - although Puskas, who represented Madrid in the 50s and 60s, reached his lofty goal tally in just 262 appearances.

Since his arrival in 2009, Benzema has enjoyed a glittering career at the Bernabeu. The striker has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Super Copa de Espana twice, the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup on four occasions, and the UEFA Super Cup three times. 

Benzema and Real currently face an uphill battle to claim their fifth Champions League crown in seven years, after suffering a ​2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City in the first leg of their last 16 tie.