Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid, after 14 spectacular years with the Spanish giants. The Frenchman will leave at the end of the season as his current contract with the Galaxy expires. This means Benzema can join any club, and it appears the bomber has accepted a staggering offer from Al-Ittihad in Arabia. This news was announced by the Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
Carlo Ancelotti, who expected Benzema to play next season with Real Madrid, said:
"Benzema has been an example of good behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values of our club. He has earned the right to decide his own future."
But Benzema's departure was not the only one at Real Madrid these days. Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio will also leave the club, and it looks like a new era will start for Madrid. We remember that Benzema meanwhile has won a total of 25 major trophies with Real Madrid, since 2009 when he joined Los Blancos. Among them, 5 Champions League and 4 championship titles in La Liga.
In an official statement to the media, Real Madrid also commented on the departure of the French superstar:
"Madrilenians and fans all over the world have enjoyed his unique and magical football, which has made him one of the legends of our club, and one of the legends of world football. Real Madrid is and will always be his home, and we wish him and his family all the best in this new phase of his life."
Regarding his potential replacement, one of the most mentioned names at the moment is the Englishman Harry Kane. However, it is still too early to talk about a concrete interest from Madrid.