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Leaving Real Madrid hurts: Karim Benzema

Updated on: 07 June,2023 09:59 AM IST  |  Madrid
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“It’s a bit of a sad day, because I am leaving this club, it hurts me, because I had a dream in my head—to sign for Madrid, and finish at Madrid, but sometimes life gives you other opportunities,” said Benzema in a speech during his farewell at Madrid’s training ground

Leaving Real Madrid hurts: Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema said leaving Real Madrid “hurts” at a goodbye ceremony on Tuesday ahead of his move to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad.


The 35-year-old forward has signed for the Jeddah-based side on a three-year deal starting next season, a source at the Saudi club told AFP on Tuesday. 


“It’s a bit of a sad day, because I am leaving this club, it hurts me, because I had a dream in my head—to sign for Madrid, and finish at Madrid, but sometimes life gives you other opportunities,” said Benzema in a speech during his farewell at Madrid’s training ground. 


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“I will always watch Madrid’s games, and thanks to the fans too, who pushed me on to play good games.” The French forward signed for Madrid in 2009 from Ligue 1 side Lyon. Benzema made 648 appearances for Madrid and is second on Real’s all-time goalscoring list with 354—only Ronaldo has more. 

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