Benzema will not return to Madrid next season

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MADRID, June 4, (AP): Karim Benzema will not stay with Real Madrid next season, the club said Sunday. Real Madrid said it reached an agreement with the French striker to “to bring his brilliant and unforgettable time as a player at our club to a close.” Madrid said Benzema “has represented the values” of Madrid and “has earned the right to decide his future.”

The announcement comes amid reports that Benzema will play in Saudi Arabia. “Real Madrid would like to show our gratitude and affection to a player who is already one of our greatest legends,” the club said. “Fans all over the world alike have enjoyed his magical and unique football, which has made him one of the great icons of our club and one of the great legends of world football.” The 35-year-old Benzema had been with Madrid since 2009, playing 14 seasons with the club. He helped Madrid win 25 titles, a record for any player with the Spanish powerhouse. Among his titles were five Champions Leagues, five Club World Cups and four Spanish leagues.

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