In silence for several weeks, Karim Benzema has come out of silence to discuss his situation in Saudi Arabia and the end of his career.
After going into exile in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of last summer, after fourteen seasons spent at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is going through a complicated period. Dropped by his club Al-Ittihad after skipping resumption of training in early January, the Ballon d'Or was even tipped to leave during the winter transfer window. After finally staying in Jeddah, the French striker returned to his situation in the oil-rich country during an interview with GQ.
“Being in Saudi Arabia is a new challenge, which I like, a long-term project in a Muslim country. Here in Saudi Arabia, I'm not just a football player, I'm also an ambassador. I am here to bring great European players soon, even if they are already in the Saudi Championship. Our challenge is to raise it to the same level as the European leagues,” said Nueve.
“I will decide when I will end my career or not”
Benzema then spoke about his future: “Time will tell (what happens next), but I will be the one to decide when my career ends or not… In the end, I would like to be remembered as someone who I started at the bottom and climbed to the top on my own, despite all the obstacles I faced. That's something that makes me very proud.”
As a reminder, Karim Benzema signed a three-year contract with Al-Ittihad, until June 2026. At the end of this contract, KB9 will be 38 years old (almost 39) and could decide to hang up his football boots. Unless he decides to prolong the pleasure. He is the one who will choose, as he assured.