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Benzema leaves Real Madrid

Benzema leaves Real Madrid

Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid as a free agent in the close season after 14 trophy-laden years, the LaLiga club said on Sunday (Jun 4), with the striker set to move to Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad. Saudi Arabia's state-run Al Ekhbariya television station reported that Al Ittihad had reached an agreement with Benzema on a two-year contract, with club officials in Madrid to hammer out a "record deal" with the striker. It has been officially confirmed by Real Madrid that Karim Benzema is leaving the club this summer, with the striker departing the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after 14 seasons representing Los Blancos. This Sunday's home match against Athletic Club will be Benzema's final game for the club, as an era ends at Real Madrid. His exit follows those of Marco Asensio, Mariano and Eden Hazard, all of which were announced on Saturday.

Karim Benzema is to leave Real Madrid after 14 years at the club. The Ballon d'Or-winning striker, who joined the Spanish giants from Lyon in 2009, will depart on a free transfer when the season ends.

Benzema, who had a year left on his contract, is set to move to Saudi Arabia after receiving a "record offer" from Al-Ittihad, according to a source.

Benzema, 35, won five Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles with Madrid.

Saudi state-run Al Ekhbariya television station reported on Sunday that Benzema will sign a two-year deal with Al-Ittihad.