Karim Benzema will call time on his Real Madrid career after 14 years at the club, which he will announce in a press conference on Thursday.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner’s contract in the Spanish capital expires at the end of the month, with no agreement reached on an extension.
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After reports suggested that he had already communicated to Real Madrid his decision to leave for a mega-money move to Saudi Arabia, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that the Frenchman will go public with this announcement on Thursday.
Benzema will earn a reported €400 million (£346m/$439m) over the course of a two-year contract with Saudi side Al-Ittihad.
The Jeddah club were crowed Saudi Pro League champions this season, finishing five points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr. Benzema’s deal will also see him act as an ambassador for the country’s 2030 World Cup bid.
Benzema, 35, joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 and has won five Champions League titles and four La Liga crowns, among a plethora of other trophies. He has scored 353 goals in all competitions as he clocked up 647 appearances for the club.
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