Benzema promises more

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The French frontman scored the winner in the Galacticos’ 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, taking his tally to ten goals in the 12 matches he has featured in for Los Blancos this season, including five assists.

Yet the in-form striker believes he still has not reached his peak.

"I feel good, I'm training hard and things are working well," he told Marca. "I’m only 26 years old, so I really believe that the best years of my career are still to come.

"I’ve always heard that a player hits the high point of his professional career when he turns 26. I hope this applies for me too."

Benzema insisted that the team’s success over-rides his individual form, but admitted to doing extra training on his own to lift his game.

"For me, scoring goals isn’t the most important thing,” he said.

“What I aspire for is being involved in the collective play so we as a team create chances. There will be times when I score goals, and other times when this won’t happen.

"I love providing assists to my team-mates. If I see a player in a better scoring opportunity, I’ll pass them the ball.

"I’m pushing myself in training. Before the squad training at Valdebebas, I arrive earlier and work on improving the muscles in my legs. This helps me during matches."

Benzema will hope to be on target once again for Madrid when they take on 12th placed Rayo Vallecano in their next La Liga fixture on Saturday evening.

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