We are not happy – Ancelotti speaks on Benzema’s decision to leave Real Madrid

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Karim Benzema has played his last game for Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old’s decision to leave Real Madrid was confirmed earlier today, with Benzema now set for a massive move to oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his surprise at the decision, and also admitted he’s not happy about it. However, Ancelotti accepted the decision and hailed Benzema as a legend.

Speaking about Benzema’s departure after Madrid’s final game of the La Liga season on Sunday, Ancelotti said: “I have trained one of the best in the world. Not only as a forward, as a complete footballer. He is a great person, kind, humble, serious.

“We cannot be happy, but we must respect him. He earned the right to decide. He has done legendary, unforgettable things.

“It was a surprise but it is part of a transition process. We have time to think about what we will do.

“I spoke to him this morning and he told me he was leaving. I showed him all my respect for everything he has done.”