BREAKING: Karim Benzema confirms he will quit Real Madrid after 14 years at Bernabeu

Real Madrid 2-3 Chelsea (aet, 5-4 agg): Extra-time Benzema header knocks out holders

Karim Benzema has announced he’s leaving Real Madrid with a HUGE money move to the Saudi Pro League expected

The French striker, 35, has enjoyed one of the great Los Blancos careers after joining from Lyon back in 2009. His total of 353 club goals is bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo, with his haul four La Liga and five Champions League titles amongst a host of honours won with the Spanish giants.

But with his contract at Real expiring this summer, his future has been the subject of much debate with President Florentino Perez seeking a rebuild amid the club’s failure to conquer Europe or their own domestic league this season.

The star is expected to accept a staggering deal with £345 million over two years. His exact destination is yet to be confirmed, with newly crowned league champions Al-Ittihad though to be the favourites to sign him.

He will hold a press conference to bid farewell to Real at the Bernabeu on Tuesday June 6.

In a statement, Real said: “Karim Benzema’s career at Real Madrid has been an example of behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values of our club. Karim Benzema has earned the right to decide his future.

Real Madrid is and will always be his home, and he wishes him and all his family the best in this new phase of his life.

See official announcement on Twitter;

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