“I Am Here to Win”: Karim Benzema’s First Words After Signing Mouthwatering Deal for Al Ittihad

“I Am Here to Win”: Karim Benzema’s First Words After Signing Mouthwatering Deal for Al Ittihad

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 7, 2023 at 7:29 AM
  • Karim Benzema is officially a player of Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Arabian league
  • The Frenchman signed a three-year deal with the top flight champs on Tuesday
  • Aside from Benzema, Al-Ittihad are also in the market for Chelsea's N'Golo Kante

Karim Benzema has revealed his real intentions after inking a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad.

The reigning Saudi champions confirmed the acquisition of Benzema, who brought his 14-year association with Real Madrid to a conclusion at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Karim Benzema, Al-Ittihad
Karim Benzema has signed a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad. Photo credit: @ittihad_en/Twitter
Source: Twitter

Benzema follows in the footsteps of former Real Madrid teammate and friend, Cristiano Ronaldo, in swapping Europe for the Middle East.

The Portuguese phenomenon joined Al-Nassr at the start of the year.

According to Sky Sports, the Frenchman's decision to move to the Saudi Pro League, which took Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti by surprise, adds to the growing number of A-list stars to grace the oil-rich nation.

During his initial press conference with the club, Benzema openly acknowledged the competitiveness of the Saudi League, emphasising the abundance of talented players within its ranks.

“Al-Ittihad is a new challenge for me. It's a good league, and there are many good players,” Benzema said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

The 35-year-old, who is Real Madrid's second-highest goal-scorer of all-time, cited Ronaldo as one of his motivations, with his quest to win more laurels for his stacked trophy cabinet being another reason to join the Tigers.

“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.”

Benzema signs for Al-Ittihad

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or winner, Benzema will join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia after signing a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad, the Jeddah-based club confirmed on Tuesday.

The Frenchman will join his former Real Madrid teammate in the Gulf kingdom after the five-time world player of the Year moved to Al-Nassr from Manchester United following last year's FIFA World Cup.

The Benzema announcement comes days after Real Madrid revealed the 35-year-old was leaving the club after 14 seasons, a day after Ancelotti had insisted his future in Spain's capital was 'no doubt'.

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