Official: Benzema leaves Madrid!

It’s official: Benzema, after 14 seasons, says goodbye to Real Madrid. It has been the club that has put an end to the uncertainty, issuing a extensive statement: “Real Madrid and our captain have agreed to put an end to his brilliant and unforgettable period. The trajectory of Benzema At Real Madrid he has been an example of behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values ​​of our club. You have earned the right to decide your future”. Karim goes to the Super League Saudi Arabia. He will sign a two-year contract for a total of 200 million euros tax free with Al Ittihado and will also receive a bonus for being ambassador of the Saudi candidacy for the 2030 World Cup. Next Tuesday, at 12:00 noon, a farewell ceremony will take place in Valdebebas.

Apart from the official statement from Real Madrid, Saudi television Al Ekhbariya confirmed the agreement between Benzema and Al Ittihad for two years. It also reported that the president and vice president of the Arab club closed the deal in Madrid.

The farewell of Real Madrid

“Real Madrid and our captain, Karim Benzema, have agreed to end his brilliant and unforgettable period as a player for our club. The club wants to show its gratitude and affection to who is already one of our greatest legends. Benzema arrived in 2009, at just 21 years of age, and he has been a fundamental player in this golden age of our history. During the fourteen seasons in which he has defended our shield and our shirt, he has won 25 titles, a record number for Real Madrid: five Champions Leagues, five Club World Cups, four European Super Cups, four Leagues, three Copas del Rey and four Spanish Super Cups.

Karim Benzema is the current Ballon d’Or and UEFA Player of the Year, as well as being included in the FIFA FIFPro Eleven and winning the Pichichi 2022. Awards received after one of the most extraordinary seasons in our history, especially in the Champions League, in which our captain starred in memorable matches that helped Real Madrid win the Fourteenth, being the top scorer in the competition with 15 goals. Benzema is the fifth player who has worn our shirt the most times with 647 appearances, and he is the second all-time goalscorer for Real Madrid with 353 goals. He is also Real Madrid’s second all-time goalscorer in both the League and the European Cup. And he is also the fourth goalscorer in the Champions League in history and the fourth in the League.

Benzema’s career at Real Madrid has been an example of behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values ​​of our club. He has earned the right to decide his future. Madridistas and all the fans around the world have enjoyed his magical and unique football, which has made him one of the great myths of our club and one of the great legends of world football. Real Madrid is and will always be his home, and he wishes him and his entire family the best in this new phase of his life.

Next Tuesday, June 6, at 12:00 noon, an institutional act of homage and farewell to Karim Benzema will take place at Real Madrid City, with the presence of our president Florentino Pérez”.

“He has earned the right to decide his future”

Official statement from Real Madrid

heading to arabia

It was Benzema who, in recent days, communicated to Florentino his desire to leave. It’s not just for economic reasons. His personal and private situation has made him think that a change of scenery is convenient for him. This is how he informed the presidentwho considered from the outset that, in addition to that, I could not deny an almost 36-year-old player who has given everything for Madrid the opportunity to sign one last contract of this magnitude. Real Madrid has prepared a farewell of those that make time. In addition to this afternoon, at the Bernabéu, It will be next Tuesday in Valdebebas (12:00 pm), surrounded by all the trophies he has won.

And it is that Benzema has been seduced by the Arab temptation. He was de facto renewed by the ‘Ballon d’Or clause’, which gave him another year at Real Madrid, but in recent days he has changed his plans in the face of an irresistible proposal. Despite the fact that his destination seems to be Al Ittihad, it that the player has signed is a contract with the Ministry of Sports of Saudi Arabia, that can send you to any of the Saudi teams classified for the Asian Champions League.

Cristiano’s rival… and Messi?

What is expected is that Benzema ends up in the Al Ittihad, current champion of the country’s league. Because in its most direct rival, Al Nassr, plays Cristiano Ronaldo, and it is expected that in the other great squad of the country, Al Hilal, Messi does it. This is Saudi Arabia’s plan: to have the three big names of the last decade of world football in its league, and with that promote its candidacy for the World Cup 2030 which will be the great rival of the one made up of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. At the moment he already has two: Christian and Benzema. they lack Leowhich is about to fall (critical hours).

forced to reinforce

The departure of Benzema forces Madrid to make a move. In addition to the imminent arrival of Joselu to replace Mariano, the white club must bring a striker of the highest level as an offensive reference. Harry Kane It is preferred by the coaching staff. “He is a great player,” Ancelotti outlined yesterday. Tottenham has valued it in 100 million pounds (115 million euros). And the spursbesides, they prefer to sell the striker to a foreign club, not reinforce one of the Premier, and in this sense Bayern is the great rival, although United does not throw in the towel. Havertz is the other possibility. If Kane is Ancelotti’s favourite, he is the Football Directorate’s.

If you want to read the Information in English from AS USA about the departure of Benzemayou can do it here.

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