LaLiga: Benzema May Quit Real Madrid Over Haaland Deal
France professional footballer, Karim Benzema has reportedly threatened to quit playing for Spanish giant, Real Madrid over the club’s interest in signing a player from the German Bundesliga.
Naija News understands that Madrid has shown interest in landing Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland this summer.
Haaland’s current deal with Dortmund is in its last lap and there’s an expectation that the player’s release clause would become active at the end of the season.
However, Benzema has reportedly said he would be happy to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu if the club signs Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
The 34-year-old striker according to El Nacional, will not push for a way out of the club because he has a good understanding with his international team-mate, Mbappe.
Benzema is said to have notified president Florentino Perez that he will be forced to quit if they land Haaland.
Reports have also claimed that Madrid is looking at signing both Haaland and Mbappe this summer.
In another news, Everton Football Club on Sunday announced the departure of Rafael Benitez as First Team manager.
Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, left the Club with immediate effect.
Everton in a statement on its website stated that an update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.
The former Liverpool manager oversaw his last game in charge on Saturday, a 2-1 loss to Norwich.
Struggling Everton has won just once in the Premier League since September and is 15th in the table, six points above the relegation zone.
The Spaniard was appointed Everton boss last summer but the Spaniard has failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful.
Everton fans, who have been vocal against the appointment of the former Newcastle United manager, displayed a banner calling for his exit during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The same banner was also unfurled at their 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Hull.
Everton had lost nine of their past 13 league games, including a 4-1 home defeat by Merseyside rivals Liverpool and a 5-2 home defeat against relegation strugglers Watford.