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Real Madrid received a small fee for the summer departure of club legend

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Karim Benzema made headlines earlier this summer by joining Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad. He was the second high-profile transfer to the oil-rich country this year, following in the footsteps of his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Benzema’s contract at Real Madrid was set to expire at the end of the month. He was close to renewing his contract at the Bernabeu before Al-Ittihad came up with a lucrative offer. He eventually joined the club on a free transfer.

However, according to Romain Molina, Saudi Arabia had paid a small transfer fee to Real Madrid for Benzema despite the fact that the player’s contract was going to expire this summer.

It appears the oil-rich nation convinced Real Madrid to not try hard for Benzema’s renewal by offering them a small compensation. However, to say the Spanish outfit did not try would perhaps be unfair, as coach Carlo Ancelotti was desperate to retain of the Frenchman’s services.

Benzema, after all, was a crucial link to Real Madrid’s transition plan in the attacking unit. The club wanted him to continue scoring goals in Europe until 2024 when Los Blancos had planned to splurge on either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.

However, with Benzema leaving the club this summer, Real Madrid now have to find a replacement in the market. They have roped in Joselu from Espanyol, but the former Stoke City ace is more of a replacement for the departing Mariano Diaz.

Real Madrid remain in contention to sign Mbappe this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain keen on offloading the Frenchman. But meeting PSG’s hefty demands for the attacker could prove to be tricky for Los Blancos, especially after they shelled out a huge sum for Jude Bellingham.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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