Benzema leaves Madrid after fourteen years at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Karim Benzema has joined Saudi Arabia champions Al Ittihad on a three-year deal after exiting Real Madrid.

The French forward announced his departure from the Spanish club last weekend, after winning four La Liga titles and five Champions League five times.

Benzema had been with Madrid since 2009 and won a club-record 25 titles. His last season with Madrid saw him captain the team to victory in the Copa del Rey final but they finished second to Barcelona in La Liga and lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League to Manchester City.

Al Ittihad, from the port city of Jeddah, won their first Saudi league title since 2009 last month after overhauling Ronaldo’s Al Nassr from the capital city of Riyadh, who had led for much of the season.

Benzema will be by far the best-known player in a squad that relied heavily this season on Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah, the league’s top scorer.

Source: Sky Sports

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