Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has opened doors for an emotional return to former club Lyon.
Benzema featured for France on Tuesday at Lyon's Groupama Stadium where his side beat Finland 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier. The Frenchman was expecting a standing ovation after excelling for the club at their old Stade de Gerland ground and was duly rewarded as he took to the pitch with fans singing his name.
"I have had a magnificent evening, I expected the ovation because Lyon and I have a love story," Benzema said to TF1
"I have to thank the fans for having come en masse, I'm happy and proud. It has been one of my most beautiful nights, in addition, the victory was very important for us."
Benzema joined Lyon as a 10-year-old when he scored two goals against youth academy and went on and netted 66 goals in 148 appearances before his move to Madrid at the age of 21.