Karim Benzema in motion for Actual Madrid© AFP
Actual Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has signed for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad for 3 years beginning subsequent season, a supply within the Jeddah-based membership informed AFP on Tuesday. “Benzema has signed a contract for his switch to Al-Ittihad for a three-year interval beginning subsequent season,” the supply stated. The announcement comes days after Actual Madrid introduced that the 35-year-old was leaving the membership after 14 seasons, the day after coach Carlo Ancelotti had stated there was “little doubt” Benzema’s future was within the Spanish capital. Benzema is in line to affix Cristiano Ronaldo within the Gulf kingdom after the Portuguese five-time world participant of the 12 months moved to Al Nassr from Manchester United following final 12 months’s World Cup.
Lionel Messi, who’s leaving Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons, has additionally been linked to a transfer to Saudi Arabia.
Senior officers from Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal have flown to France to attempt to seal a deal for Messi after the 35-year-old Argentinian performed his final recreation for PSG on the weekend.
The Saudi delegation plans to satisfy Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, with the aiming of finishing the signing as quickly as doable, sources informed AFP on Sunday.
Benzema joined Madrid in 2009 from Ligue 1 aspect Lyon.
He made 647 appearances for Madrid and is the second on Actual’s all-time goalscoring listing with 353 — solely Cristiano Ronaldo has extra.
He has lifted 5 Champions Leagues, 4 La Liga titles and three Copas del Rey with Madrid and is the holder of the Ballon d’Or for the world’s greatest participant.
However after a stellar 2021-22 season when he lead Actual to the Champions League, he has been troubled by accidents within the just-completed season and needed to miss France’s World Cup marketing campaign with a thigh downside.