Benzema revealed about how he first heard about interest from Real Madrid while back home in the Bron district of Lyon.
"My friends, family and agents told me: 'You have to come home'," he told Universo Valdano.
"I told them that I couldn't and they insisted: 'You have to come, Florentino Perez is here'.
"I didn't talk much. I just said hello.
"I opened the door and saw him.
"I remember what he said to me: 'Do I have your word?'... and I said: 'Yes, of course'."