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Benzema to leave Real Madrid after 14 years



Real Madrid have revealed that Karim Benzema will leave the club after 14 years at the end of the season.

Reuters reports that the 35-year-old has reached an agreement with reigning Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad.

Al-Ittihad is managed by former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo – and will sign a two-year deal.

The former France international joined Real from hometown club Lyon in 2009 and has made 657 appearances, scoring 353 goals.

Benzema has played 42 times in all competitions this term, scoring 30 goals and assisting six more.

He did not feature in Real’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on May 27, but could feature for one final time in their final league match of the season against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night.

Benzema won LaLiga on four occasions and lifted the Champions League five times during a trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital.