Karim Benzema leaves Actual Madrid for profitable Saudi Arabia deal


Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will go away Actual Madrid as a free agent after 14 trophy-laden years, with the striker set to maneuver to Saudi Arabian facet Al Ittihad.

Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al Ekhbariya tv station reported Al Ittihad had reached settlement with Benzema on a two-year contract, with membership officers in Madrid to hammer out a “document deal” with the striker.

The 35-year-old Frenchman had seemed set to remain at Actual for another 12 months after a 2022-23 season through which he struggled with accidents and missed out on France’s World Cup marketing campaign in Qatar attributable to one other harm.

Nevertheless, a suggestion estimated by media to be value greater than 100 million euros ($161.9 million) from Saudi Arabia reportedly made him rethink his future.

The Frenchman determined to void the one-year extension clause he had in his contract, with Actual saying he had “earned the best to determine his future”.

“Actual Madrid and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to carry his sensible and unforgettable time as a participant at our membership to a detailed,” the membership stated in an announcement.

“Karim Benzema’s profession at Actual Madrid has been a shining instance of conduct and professionalism, and he has represented the values of our membership.”

Benzema might observe his former Actual teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to the Gulf nation after the Portugal ahead signed a 2½-year contract estimated to be value greater than 200 million euros with Al Nassr in December.

Lionel Messi has additionally been strongly linked to a transfer to a Saudi membership, having performed his final recreation for Paris Saint- Germain on the weekend.