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Breaking: Al Ittihad confirms Benzema’s move to the club

Former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has completed his move to Saudi Arabia club Al Ittihad. The striker has signed a three-year deal with the Saudi champions.

Benzema who was a formidable part of Real Madrid for over 14 years bid farewell to the club in a press conference. At the press conference, he was quoted as saying, “I’ll never forget Real Madrid because it’s impossible. It’s the best club in the world and in history, that’s as good as it gets. It’s time for me to leave today and to have another story, but the most important thing for me is what I’ve won here.”

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Karim Benzema further added, “I was lucky enough to fulfil my childhood dream thanks to the president, who a long time ago, when I was just 21 years old, went to my house, with my parents. When I saw you I said, he’s the man who brought Zizou and Ronaldo and now he wants me in his team. Thank you very much for that.”

On joining Al Ittihad, he stated, “Al Ittihad is a new challenge for me. It’s a good league and there are many good players. Cristiano Ronaldo is already here, he is a friend who shows that Saudi Arabia is starting to get ahead and I am here to win as I did in Europe”.

Karim Benzema joined Real Madrid from Lyon in the iconic summer transfer of 2009, scored 354 goals in 648 games and won a club-record 25 trophies during his time with the La Liga side. Talking about individual glories, Benzema was awarded the 2022 Ballon d’Or after having an exceptional season.

In addition to Benzema, there are a host of superstars who are in the ranks of the Saudi clubs. High-profile players including Chelsea defender N’golo Kante, Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha and former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez have been approached by various clubs. Besides these giants, the Saudi Pro League comprises one of football’s greatest talents Cristiano Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema to sign a two-year deal with Saudi’s Al-Ittihad

After announcing his departure from 14-time European Champions Real Madrid, it is believed that star striker Karim Benzema will be joining Saudi Arabia club Al-Ittihad. The news first reported by Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya television station reported Benzema will join the club on a two-year deal. Al Ekhbariya said Al Ittihad’s chairman and vice chairman were in Madrid to hammer out a “record deal” with Benzema.

Benzema who has become a free agent after announcing that he would leave the La Liga club after 14 trophy-laden years wants to have a new experience. It is rumoured that his former Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently playing for Saudi club Al-Nassr has had talks with Benzema to convince him to come to Saudi Arabia.

Benzema, who came to Madrid in the iconic 2009 summer transfer has spent 14 years at the club. During his tenure, he became the second-highest goal-scorer (353) for Madrid in all competitions, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450).

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In the 14 seasons that he spent with Real Madrid, Benzema won a total of 25 titles with Real, including five UEFA Champions Trophies and four league titles. He was honoured with the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in 2022 after playing a crucial role in Madrid’s success in the La Liga, UEFA Champions League and the Super Cup in the 2021/22 season, scoring 44 goals.

Benzema, who used to be in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, came into his own after the superstar departed from Real Madrid. The Frenchman’s most successful season came in the 2021-21 season, where he managed 44 goals and 15 assists from 46 appearances in all competitions. The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League was a massive success for Real Madrid. After losing to Russian club FC Sheriff Tiraspol, the Spanish giants played to their potential to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.

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