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Real Madrid suspect Benzema thinking about exit amid €200 million Saudi Arabia offer

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Although we are approaching the season’s end, Real Madrid are yet to officiate the contract of their star player Karim Benzema.

The forward’s contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. Although several reports had claimed that Real Madrid already have a verbal agreement with the striker, there appears to be reluctance in officiating the deal.

And according to a recent report from Alfredo Matilla, Real Madrid now believe Benzema is considering an exit from Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, in favour of a move to Saudi Arabia this summer.

Fresh doubts over the future of Benzema come in the midst of an offer from the Saudi Arabian government, who are ready to offer the Real Madrid striker a whopping €200 million along with other benefits.

Indeed, the Saudi government are willing to offer Benzema €200 million over a two-year period. They are also offering him image rights, advertising and even the creation of schools for children.

Benzema was also absent from the Real Madrid squad against Getafe. His substandard performances against Manchester City in the Champions League semifinal have also led to questions over his commitment to the team.

The club, therefore, fear the Frenchman is strongly considering offers from Saudi Arabia. It must be mentioned that the Middle East is offering all players to earn salaries with full tax exemption, meaning the player won’t have to pay any tax on the €200 million wage.

This lucrative offer is now keeping Real Madrid on edge as they patiently wait for Benzema’s decision. The club have kickstarted the process of finding a reliable alternative in the transfer market, though, with Harry Kane emerging as one of many options for Los Blancos.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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