The French striker could make the surprising decision to leave this summer
Karim Benzema could leave Real Madrid in a surprise move. The French striker is seriously considering playing next season in Saudi Arabia and has communicated his doubts to the club. According to Diario AS, Benzema has received a proposal of 200 million euros for two seasons, leaving the door open to his departure. Madrid consider him to have renewed his contract, but they do not want to keep an unhappy player, so everything is still open.
The Saudi offer for Benzema is nothing especially new, but the Frenchman has not started to have doubts until now, when it seems that other great world stars in addition to Cristiano Ronaldo will head to the Middle East. The Saudi League could become more attractive and that has forced Benzema into a re-think. Madrid are clear that Benzema is de facto renewed by winning the Ballon d'Or, as his contract stipulated that with the trophy he would extend for another season.
Benzema will make his final decision in the next few days, just after the end of the league campaign. He does not want to delay and will speak out given his good relationship with Florentino Pérez. Madrid are convinced that they will be able to keep him for another season, but there will be no contract improvement or anything like that. If it is for money, it is clear that the French striker will leave for Saudi Arabia, although he has not signed anything for now.
The possible departure of Benzema to Saudi Arabia would force Madrid to sign a top-level striker, something complicated in this summer market. The club has advanced the arrival of a substitute '9' to give Benzema a rest and the chosen one is Joselu after Espanyol's relegation.