In an interview with Reuters, Benzema, who turns 20 Wednesday, said, "I know where I want to go and that's very, very high, right to the top." He looks to be on his way, too: at Lyon, the young Benzema has already emerged as one of the team's leaders. "I'm not the young kid making his debut anymore," he said. "Everybody trusts me. When Lyon concede a goal, the older guys such as [Brazil midfielder] Juninho or [France forward] Sidney [Govou] talk to the others on the field. Now, I do that as well."
Benzema's success has caught the eye of several big clubs in Europe, but the youngster claims he won't be leaving the six-time French champion until he helps it win the Champions League. His Lyon contract lasts through 2012.