Former Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has sealed a transfer move to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad football club on a three-year contract.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Benzema underwent a medical examination and completed the signing in Madrid on Monday.
“Al-Ittihad Club announced, on Tuesday, its contract with French international striker Karim Benzema, former Real Madrid player and 2022 Golden Ball holder, with a contract that extends for three years,” confirmed part of the statement.
Speaking after signing the deal, Benzema said: “I am excited to experience a new football league in a different country. I have been fortunate to achieve amazing things in my career and achieve everything I can in Spain and Europe. It now feels the time is right for a new challenge and project.”
He added: “Al Ittihad has an amazing history, incredibly passionate fans, and big ambitions in football to be a force in Asia after winning the league.”
The 35-year-old Frenchman completed the move from the Spanish League to the Saudi Pro League two days after playing his last game for Real Madrid.
He had a glittering career at Madrid, a side he signed for in 2009 from Ligue 1 side Lyon, managing 14 years at the Spanish giants, and winning five Champions Leagues titles, four La Liga titles, and three Copas del Rey.
Benzema will play in the same league as his former teammate at Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently turns out for Al Nassr after leaving Manchester United.