Benzema: Florentino convinced me to choose Real Madrid over Barcelona

Karim Benzema has welcomed new signing Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema has welcomed new signing Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.

The French striker said of the former Liverpool midfielder: "He is a great signing and provides very good passes. He will make this team much better because he brings many things to the midfield."

Of comparisons with Ronaldo, Benzema added: "I do not want to emulate Ronaldo and I do not want to be like him. I am inspired by him, but nothing more."

On almost joining Barcelona, Benzema added: "Barca is a great club, but my dream was joining Madrid. And I knew what Florentino Perez had done with the Galacticos.

"I knew what the club was capable of with this president. That's why I came here for this project. Moreover, he came to my house to talk to me. Five days before I signed for Madrid, Florentino came to talk about Madrid with me.

"He is a great person and a great president."