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Benzema shocks everyone with his transfer, a revelation falls
Published on June 5, 2023 at 11:30 p.m.
Karim Benzema will join the Saudi club Al-Ittihad in the coming hours. The 2022 Ballon d’Or leaves Real Madrid after 14 years of loyal service. While the Madrid club’s transfer window should get carried away in the coming days, the Spanish press has spoken out on the reasons for the Frenchman’s departure.
Arrived at real Madrid during a now legendary 2009 summer transfer window for the Spanish club (Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, kaka…), Karim Benzema will have won 25 trophies in the colors of Madrid. With the Brazilian Marcello, the Frenchman is the most successful player in the history of the Merengues. The reigning Ballon d’Or therefore leaves the Spanish capital at the top of its game. However, his departure created a great upheaval internally on the side of the Spanish capital…
Benzema was originally due to leave in the summer of 2024
Because this Sunday, MARCA reveals that Karim Benzema had indeed accepted a proposal fromAl-Ittihadbut only valid from summer 2024. Thus, the real Madrid hoped to be able to count on the center forward for at least another year, to be able to counter his transfer window in the summer of 2024 with the track leading to Kylian Mbappé (PSG) notably.
Karim Benzema shakes up the transfer window with his departure
However, in recent days, Benzema would have suddenly changed his tune. The Iberian media reveals that the Frenchman surprised all the Madrid staff by finally accepting the proposal ofSaudi Arabia effective this summer. Carlo Ancelottithe coach of real Madrid would have been the first surprised by this decision of the former striker of OL. Moreover, this hasty departure from the Ballon d’Or 2022 should really upset the summer transfer window. Because now the club Meringue finds himself forced to recruit a world-class striker. As a reminder, the Madrid leaders would have as a priority the recruitment ofHarry Kane (Tottenham), as well as that of Kai Havertz (chelsea).