Benzema’s reported departure from Real Madrid shrouded in controversy

Karim Benzema

There is news that French footballer, Karim Benzema, is about to leave Real Madrid but neither he nor the club’s manager has confirmed this.

If anything, the manager Carlo Ancelotti insists the player’s contract still has a year to lapse.

According to a tweet by journalist, Fabrizio Romano, official statement confirms the player and the club’s decision to part ways after 14 years

AFP writes that the 35-year-old forward agreed a deal to end his glittering era at the club, the Spanish side said on Sunday, AFP reports.

He has also been heavily linked this week with a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia.

“Real Madrid and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to put an end to his brilliant and unforgettable era as a player at our club,” said Los Blancos in a statement.

“Madrid wants to show their gratitude and all their love to someone who is one of our greatest legends.”

The announcement comes after Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti had said Saturday there was “no doubt” about Benzema’s future at Madrid, noting the forward had one more year left on his contract.

And Benzema himself had said “Not everything you read on the internet is reality” after reports emerged in the week about his potential departure to Saudi Arabia, where the French forward joined Madrid in 2009 from Ligue 1 side Lyon.


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