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Benzema leaves Real Madrid: Departure is officially confirmed by the club

It has been officially confirmed by Real Madrid that Karim Benzema is leaving the club this summer, with the striker departing the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after 14 seasons representing Los Blancos.

This Sunday’s home match against Athletic Club will be Benzema’s final game for the club, as an era ends at Real Madrid.

His exit follows those of Marco Asensio, Mariano and Eden Hazard, all of which were announced on Saturday.

Real Madrid’s Benzema statement

“Real Madrid and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to bring to an end to his brilliant and unforgettable time as a player at our club,” read a club statement put out on Sunday.

“Real Madrid would like to show its gratitude and affection to the man who is already one of our greatest legends.

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“Karim Benzema joined our club in 2009, at just 21 years of age, and has been a fundamental player in this golden era of our history.

“During the 14 seasons in which he has defended our badge and our shirt, he has won 25 titles, a record number for Real Madrid: five European Cups, five Club World Cups, four UEFA Super Cups, four LaLiga titles, three Copa del Rey titles and four Spanish Super Cups.

“Karim Benzema is the current Ballon d’Or and UEFA Player of the Year, as well as being included in the FIFA FIFPRO XI and winning the Pichichi Trophy 2022.

“These awards were received after one of the most extraordinary seasons in our history, especially in the Champions League, in which our captain produced memorable performances that contributed to Real Madrid winning the 14th European Cup in Paris, while he was the top scorer of this competition with 15 goals.

“Karim Benzema is the player who has worn our shirt the fifth-most times with 647 appearances, and is Real Madrid’s second all-time top scorer with 353 goals.

“He is also Real Madrid’s second all-time top scorer in both LaLiga and the European Cup. He is also the fourth top scorer in the history of the Champions League and the fourth top scorer in the history of LaLiga.

“Karim Benzema’s career at Real Madrid has been an example of behaviour and professionalism, and has represented the values of our club.

“Karim Benzema has earned the right to decide his future.

“Madridistas and fans all around the world have enjoyed his magical and unique football, which has made him one of the great legends of our club and one of the great legends of world football.

“Real Madrid is and always will be his home, and we wish him and all his family all the best in this new stage of his life.

“Next Tuesday, June 6, at 12:00 noon, an institutional act of homage and farewell to Karim Benzema will take place at Ciudad Real Madrid, with the presence of our president Florentino Perez.”

Benzema leaves Real Madrid: Departure is officially confirmed by the club

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African football governing body, CAF, has announced that the 2024 CAF Super Cup final between Al Ahly SC of Egypt and Zamalek SC of Egypt will be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 27 as part of Riyadh Season 2024, the body announced in a statement on Friday.

“CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe and HE Turki Alalshikh announce Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as hosts of the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup Final 2024 as part of ‘Riyadh Season 2024’,” the statement said.

In the all-Egyptian club final, the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, Al Ahly SC and the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup, Zamalek SC will face off far away from home in the Middle East.

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“The TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup Final 2024 will feature the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, Al Ahly SC and the current winners of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup, Zamalek SC and will be played on Friday 27 September 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” the statement added.

It is not the first time that CAF has hosted the Super Cup final outside of the continent. From 2019 to 2021, the one-off game was played in Qatar before it returned to the continent in the following year when Morocco hosted the 2022 edition.

The CAF Super Cup was hosted in the Middle East when Saudi Arabia staged the game in 2023 and will again return to the country.

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PSG stake €200m for Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia

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French giants PSG have launched a shock €200 million bid for Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen and his Napoli teammate Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Osimhen has been available in the summer transfer market with a €130 million release clause, but Napoli is willing to lower their asking price to €100 million, as it is no longer a secret that Napoli intends to sell the Nigerian international.

The deal is said to be worth €110 million for Osimhen and €90 million for the Georgian.

According to Corriere dello Sport, PSG and Saudi powerhouse Al Ahli are the most interested parties in Osimhen.

However, Osimhen is not considering a move to the Saudi Pro League, while he also harbours a dream of playing in the Premier League.

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The French giants have now made an offer to lure the striker and Kvaratskhelia to France, offering the Serie A club the opportunity to break the deadlock that has emerged with Osimhen in recent weeks.

While Osimhen is available for sale, the Italian club has repeatedly stated that no deal is possible for Kvaratskhelia, who Napoli have reiterated on numerous occasions is not for sale. In June, PSG put €110m offer for the Georgia international winger, but this was knocked back for the 2022/23 Serie A champions.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for the 25-year-old Nigeria hitman, yet Napoli’s insistence that they would have to pay the full value of his €130m release fee to secure his services has put both Premier League giants off.

As per Corriere dello Sport, De Laurentiis could accept a lower offer as long as it arrives quickly, allowing Napoli to sign Conte’s primary target, Romelo Lukaku.

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Anthony Joshua set to break Tyson Fury record

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Anthony Joshua set to break Tyson Fury record

Anthony Joshua is set to break Tyson Fury’s British attendance record in his upcoming world title fight against Daniel Dubois.

Joshua will face Dubois for the IBF title on September 21 at Wembley Stadium, where promoters expect over 100,000 fans.

Fury set a British attendance record in April 2023, when 94,000 people packed Wembley Stadium to watch him defeat Dillian Whyte. In an interview with talkSPORT, promoter Frank Warren expressed confidence that the upcoming bout would exceed that figure.

“Oh, it is massive. I mean, we will apply to increase capacity, just as we did when Tyson Fury fought Dillian Whyte. And I think we’ve got it; I believe we’ll break the record. So, it looks really good.”

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Joshua, 34, is no stranger to huge sell-out stadium shows, having drawn over 90,000 fans at Wembley in 2017 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko. He has also attracted 75,000 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and another 62,000 at Tottenham’s football ground.

However, his last two bouts took place in Saudi Arabia, where he secured knockout wins over Otto Wallin and ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Warren acknowledged the challenge Joshua posed but remained optimistic about Dubois’ chances.

“A lot of people are making Joshua a favourite, and they’re saying AJ is a big puncher and so forth and I hope he comes out and comes to fight because if he lets those big punches go I know that will leave him exposed. If Daniel clips him, it will knock him out. I think Daniel is the bigger puncher,” Warren said.

“I genuinely think that Daniel can win this, he’s a young man, he’s fought better opposition in his last three fights than AJ has. And by the way, AJ has looked good in his last few fights but not against as good opposition as what Daniel has been in with.”

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