Striker Karim Benzema will not return to Real Madrid next season

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says Karim Benzema will not stay with the club next season. Real Madrid says it reached an agreement with the French striker to “put an end to his brilliant and unforgettable” stint with the club. The announcement comes amid reports that Benzema will play in Saudi Arabia. Benzema had been with Madrid since 2009 and played 14 seasons with the club. He helped Madrid win a record 25 titles. Among his titles were five Champions Leagues and four Spanish leagues. Benzema scored with a second-half penalty kick in his final game with Madrid on Sunday in a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.

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