KarimBenzema's Al Ittihad suffered their first defeat in this season's Asian Champions League when they were beaten 2-0 by Air Force Club in Iraq.
Fabinho pulled off a midfield masterclass as Al-Ittihad kicked-off their Saudi league title defence with a 3-0 win on the road
Real Madrid begin life after Karim Benzema looking to wrest back the Spanish title from Barcelona as the La Liga season kicks off this weekend
N'Golo Kante, 32, has a history of injuries and missed six months of Chelsea's Premier League season with a hamstring problem.
World Cup-winning French midfielder N'Golo Kante has reportedly signed a three-year deal with Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad.
Karim Benzema has signed to join Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad for three years starting next season.
The Saudi delegation plans to meet Messi's father and agent, Jorge, with the aiming of completing the signing as soon as possible, sources told AFP on Sunday.
Benzema, whom Madrid confirmed would leave this summer earlier in the day, departing after 14 years at the club, rolled his penalty down the middle to level the game, before being substituted to great applause.
Karim Benzema is Real Madrid's second top scorer of all-time, with 353 goals for Madrid, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo on 450.
Rodrygo struck in the 89th minute to send Real Madrid second and bowed his head while lifting his fist in a "Black Power" salute