Why is Benzema leaving Real Madrid? How will his move impact the Saudi Professional League?
In a momentous event at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Karim Benzema, the renowned French forward, was officially introduced as Al-Ittihad's newest player, amidst the resounding support of 60,000 passionate fans. Karim signed a three-year contract with Al-Ittihad for a total amount of £258 million. Having made the decision to continue his football journey in the Saudi Pro League, Benzema follows in the footsteps of his former Real Madrid teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, as the latest addition to the league.
Expressing his reasons for the move, Benzema shared, "Being a Muslim and considering it's a Muslim country, I have always had a desire to live there. I have previously visited Saudi Arabia, and it resonated positively with me." He further expressed his contentment with this new chapter, stating, "For me, this is where I aspire to be... My intention is to contribute my skills on the field and, most importantly, strive to achieve championship victories for my new club."
Rumors have also emerged linking other notable names to potential moves in the Middle East, including N'Golo Kanté, Luis Suárez, Sergio Ramos, and various others. As the transfer window unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate further developments and potential signings in the region.