Benzema pledges future to Lyon

France forward Karim Benzema has ended months of media speculation by pledging his immediate future to Olympique Lyon. "I'm going to stay until 2010 even if Lyon are not (Ligue 1) champions this season and do not qualify for the Champions League," the 21-year-old told reporters. Benzema has been linked with several top clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona. His Lyon contract runs until 2013.