Carlo Ancelotti on Benzema Exit: ‘It was a surprise’ 

Carlo Ancelotti expressed his surprise and sadness at Karim Benzema’s decision to leave Real Madrid, acknowledging the French striker as one of the best footballers he has ever trained.

The club officially announced Benzema’s departure just before their last La Liga game against Athletic Club, where he scored a crucial penalty to secure a 1-1 draw and secure second place in the table.

The Santiago Bernabeu crowd showed their appreciation for Benzema with a standing ovation as he was substituted late in the match, and he bid farewell to the fans on the pitch afterward. Ancelotti, however, was taken aback by the news, as he only learned of Benzema’s decision on the morning of the game.

“One of the best in the world is someone I trained. As a complete footballer, not only as a forward. He is a wonderful person who is courteous, modest, and dedicated, the Real manager told reporters.

“We can’t be joyful, but we have to show him respect. He has the right to make the choice. He has accomplished illustrious, remarkable achievements.”

“Although unexpected, it is a necessary element of the transition process. We have time to consider our options. He informed me he was going when we chatted this morning. I gave him my complete admiration for what he accomplished.”

With Benzema leaving, Real Madrid will now focus on finding a suitable replacement for the Frenchman. Reports suggest that Benzema is likely to complete a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia.

Among the potential candidates being linked to the Bernabeu are Tottenham’s star striker Harry Kane and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.

Ancelotti is faced with the challenge of bolstering his attacking options as other players like Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard have also departed the club. The Real Madrid manager understands the importance of reinforcing the squad’s attacking prowess and will be contemplating the available options.

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