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Carlo Ancelotti Opens Up on How Benzema’s Departure Will ‘Cause Trouble’ at Real Madrid
- Carlo Ancelotti has weighed in on Karim Benzema's shock decision to leave Real Madrid
- Benzema had earlier dismissed reports linking him away from the club
- He is Real Madrid’s second top scorer of all-time, scoring his 354th goal in his final appearance for the club
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has opened up on Karim Benzema's "unexpected" exit from the club at the end of the season.
Benzema will leave Real Madrid as a free agent in the close season after 14 trophy-laden years, the La Liga club has confirmed.
This follows Ancelotti's affirmation on Saturday, where he confidently stated that Benzema's future unquestionably lies with Madrid.
Karim, himself, addressing the speculations surrounding his potential move to Saudi Arabia, dismissed them by stating, "Not everything you read on the internet reflects reality."
However, in a twist to the tale, the 35-year-old had a change of heart, divulging his decision to part ways with the club on Sunday morning, which the Italian manager has described as "unexpected."
“Benzema told us about his decision to leave the club this morning. It was really unexpected.” Ancelotti said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
The reigning Ballon d'Or holder's decision has put Madrid in a distressing situation, with the club forced to lay assault on the transfer market as they seek to find a replacement(s) for the Frenchman.
“His departure was surprising. Now we have time to think about what we should do. We will sign strikers”.
According to Al Jazeera, the 35-year-old departs Los Blancos after bagging an impressive 25 trophies, including five Champions League titles.
Benzema scores in farewell match
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Real Madrid's departing great Karim Benzema struck from the penalty spot to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday as he said goodbye to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Benzema, whom Madrid confirmed would leave this summer earlier in the day, departing after 14 years at the club, rolled his penalty down the middle to level the game before being substituted to great applause.
The draw ensured Real Madrid would finish above city rivals Atletico Madrid in second place after Diego Simeone's side tied 2-2 at Villarreal.