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Karim Benzema officially joins Al-Ittihad as confirmed by the club

Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad has officially announced the transfer of Karim Benzema from Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

The striker, who is departing Real Madrid in the summer, has inked a three-year contract with the reigning Saudi champions.

After 14 years with Real Madrid, Benzema opted out of the one-year extension he had and was granted permission to leave the Bernabeu.

Earlier on Tuesday, the 35-year-old affirmed that he will always cherish his time at Real before joining Al-Ittihad.

During his tenure with the LaLiga team, the France international scored 354 goals in 648 matches and secured a club-record 25 trophies.

“I’ll never forget Real Madrid because it’s impossible,” he told a farewell press conference.

“It’s difficult to talk. There are so many emotions. I wanted to thank Real Madrid and my team-mates. It’s been a good journey in my life.

“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.

Al-Ittihad-bound Benzema tells of his fond memories with Los Blancos

“I’ll never forget Real Madrid because it is impossible. It’s the best club in the world and in history, that’s as good as it gets. And 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.

“It’s a little bit of a sad day, because I’m leaving this club and that pains me. My dream was in my head, I signed for Madrid and I wanted to finish at Madrid, but life sometimes gives you another opportunity and I’ve taken it with all my family.”

Benzema made his move from Lyon to Real Madrid in 2009 and went on to achieve great success with the club. During his time there, he won four LaLiga titles and five Champions League trophies. Additionally, he was honored with the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in 2022.

Real president Florentino Perez said: “Today is a very difficult day for me. It’s a day that brings back memories and the emotions of the last 14 years and it’s also a day of sentiment and emotions for all madridistas.

“A period of enormous anticipation began 14 years ago for all madridistas, one of the most impressive in our 121 years of history.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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