Karim Benzema will depart Actual Madrid after 14 years on the finish of the season, the Spanish membership confirmed on Sunday morning.
Reuters are reporting that, in accordance with state media, the 35-year-old has reached an settlement with reigning Saudi Professional League champions Al-Ittihad – managed by former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo – and can signal a two-year deal.
The previous France worldwide joined Actual from hometown membership Lyon in 2009 and has made 657 appearances, scoring 353 objectives.
Benzema has performed 42 instances in all competitions this time period, scoring 30 objectives and helping six extra.
He didn’t characteristic in Actual’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on Could 27, however might characteristic for one ultimate time of their ultimate league match of the season towards Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening.
Benzema received LaLiga on 4 events and lifted the Champions League 5 instances throughout a trophy-laden spell within the Spanish capital.
“Actual Madrid CF and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to finish his sensible and unforgettable interval as a participant for our membership,” the Spanish membership mentioned in an announcement.
“Actual Madrid want to present its gratitude and affection for who’s already certainly one of our best legends.
“Karim Benzema’s profession at Actual Madrid has been an instance of donduct and professionalism, and he has represented the values of our membership. Karim Benzema has earned the correct to determine his future.
“Madridistas and all of the followers world wide have loved his magical and distinctive soccer, which has made him one of many nice icons of our membership and one of many nice legends of world soccer.
“Actual Madrid is and can at all times be his dwelling, and he want him and all his household the most effective on this new part of his life.
“Subsequent Tuesday, June 6, at 12:00pm, an institutional act of homage and farewell to Karim Benzema will happen at Actual Madrid Sport Metropolis, which might be attended by our president Florentino Pérez.”
Might Kane exchange Benzema at Actual Madrid?
With the information that Benzema will depart Actual Madrid on the finish of the season having been confirmed, might the Spanish giants now transfer for Harry Kane to switch him?
Benzema, 35, is anticipated to maneuver to the Saudi Professional League after 14 years on the Bernabeu.
The Instances reported this week, earlier than Benzema’s exit had been confirmed, that Kane was amongst their targets to switch the Frenchman ought to he determine to depart.
Actual boss Carlo Ancelotti refused this week to be drawn on the membership’s reported curiosity in Kane, who’s Man Utd’s principal goal this summer season.
“Like I’ve mentioned many instances, Harry Kane is a good participant and a fantastic participant of Tottenham,” mentioned Ancelotti.
“We’ve to respect the participant and Tottenham.”