Karim Benzema has signed a three-year deal with Saudi Arabian champions Al Ittihad after leaving Real Madrid.
The French forward announced his departure from the Spanish club last weekend, ending a 14-years spell during which he won four LaLiga titles and five Champions Leagues.
Al Ittihad posted a video on Twitter of Benzema signing a contract until 2026, although the club did not disclose financial details.
Benzema: “Al Ittihad is a new challenge for me. It’s a good league and there are many good players”. 🟡⚫️🇸🇦“Cristiano Ronaldo is already here, he is a friend who shows that Saudi Arabia is starting to get ahead and I am here to win as I did in Europe”.
Al Ittihad, from the port city of Jeddah, won their first Saudi league title since 2009 last month after overhauling Ronaldo’s Al Nassr from the capital city of Riyadh, who had led for much of the season.
Benzema will be by far the best-known player in a squad that relied heavily this season on Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah, the league’s top scorer.