Real Madrid is reportedly set to lose two of its star players, Luka Modrić and Karim Benzema, according to various sources. Modrić, 38, has lost his starting position to 20-year-old English wonder Jude Bellingham this season, and it is rumored that his departure could mark the end of his time among the ‘kings’ at Real Madrid. There are reports that he may be heading to Saudi Arabia, where former teammates are said to be ready to welcome him with open arms. If he does go, Modrić could earn an incredible amount of money – 120 million euros per season or 360 million over three years.
Meanwhile, 35-year-old Benzema has left Real Madrid to join Al-Ittihad. This season, Modrić has only started five out of 17 games and did not play in two of them at all. He ranks fourteenth in terms of minutes played in 15 matches, with only injured players behind him. However, it is unlikely that Real Madrid will release him in January as their leadership has confirmed that they do not offer contracts longer than one year to players over thirty years old. Despite this, Modrić is reportedly seeking a new challenge and may have found it in Saudi Arabia.