Real Madrid are still waiting for Karim Benzema to sign a new contract, as the star striker weighs up a huge offer from Saudi Arabia.
The Frenchman’s current deal at the Bernabeu runs out at the end of this season. Although he has reportedly agreed verbally to extend his stay, he has not put pen to paper yet.
According to Alfredo Matilla, this has raised doubts at Real Madrid about Benzema’s commitment to the club, especially after he received a tempting proposal from the Saudi Arabian government.
The report claims that Benzema has been offered €200 million over two years to play in Saudi Arabia, as well as other perks such as image rights, advertising deals and the creation of schools for children.
Benzema is also seen as a key figure for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with Greece and Egypt.
The 35-year-old, who joined Real Madrid in 2009, has been in fine form this season, scoring 30 goals in 42 games. However, his recent performances have been below par, especially in the Champions League semifinal defeat to Manchester City.
He also skipped the Copa del Rey trophy presentation to the fans after being rested for the game against Getafe, which raised eyebrows at the club.
Real Madrid are concerned that Benzema might be tempted by the lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, where he would not have to pay any taxes on his salary.
The club are already looking for possible replacements in case Benzema decides to leave, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane among their targets.