All ‘including Benzema’ go to Saudi Arabia… Gerard takes over as commanding officer of Al Itpak → Until summer 2025

Steven Gerrard is also heading to Saudi Arabia.

On the 4th (Korean time), Al IT Park said on the club website, “We have agreed to sign a contract with coach Gerard for the first team command tower. The contract period is until the summer of 2025. The signing of the contract took place at a hotel in London, England.” was officially announced.카지노사이트

Manager Gerrard is one of the legends who represented the English Premier League (EPL) beyond Liverpool during his active career. He has been with Liverpool for 30 years since his youth days and wrote his history. After leaving Anfield, he moved to LA Galaxy of the American Major League Soccer (MLS), and then took off his soccer boots in 2016. 

After retirement, coach Gerrard has continued his leadership career by serving as the official manager of Rangers through Liverpool Youth. Last season, coach Gerrard broke the dominance of rival Celtic, which lasted for 10 years, and became Scottish champions. Furthermore, his leadership was recognized by creating a valuable record of the 4th ‘Undefeated Championship’ in the history of the Scottish League.

Afterwards, he showed interest at Aston Villa. He took over the helm during the 2020-21 season. Aston Villa set out to pay compensation of 3 million pounds (approximately 4.8 billion won) to bring in coach Gerrard, who had achieved results in Scotland. 

However, Gerrard’s Aston Villa ended rather disappointingly. The 2020-21 season ended in 11th place in the EPL. And the next season, the 2021-22 season, was quickly hardened. Manager Gerrard put down his baton in a 0-3 defeat against Fulham in the 12th round of the league. Aston Villa have since appointed manager Unai Emery.

Gerard has since spent time unemployed. After the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the possibility of joining the Polish national football team came out. There was also news that he was nominated for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), but all of them did not lead to a specific negotiation stage.

In the midst of this, Saudi Arabia sent a love call. Saudi Arabia continues to attract world-class players with its oil capital in recent years. He was strongly linked with Lionel Messido al-Hilal, but the final decision was Inter Miami of the American Major League Soccer (MLS).

Nevertheless, many players en masse chose to go to Saudi Arabia. First, Karim Benzema moved to Al Ittihad. Benzema started playing for Real Madrid in 2009. Even after Cristiano Ronaldo left, he was firmly in charge of the front line and performed the best. In the end, Benzema also became the main character of the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

He has been a key striker for Real Madrid this season as well. He topped the team in Spanish La Liga with 19 goals. With his contract expiring this summer, he pondered his future and eventually moved to Al Ittihad. It is known that Al Ittihad offered an annual salary of 100 million euros (about 140 billion won) to persuade Benzema.

Following Benzema, N’Golo Kante chose Al Ittihad. Kante was a member of Leicester City’s 2015-16 league winning season, then moved to Chelsea and was evaluated as a world-class defensive midfielder. He is now 32 years old and is entering the twilight years of his career. Now, he is facing his final challenge in Saudi Arabia.

Not only the two players, but also players such as Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly, top EPL players, all moved to Saudi Arabia. The name value of players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al Nasr earlier, has reached the highest level. 

It is known that Gerrard initially turned down the offer to coach Saudi Arabia. But later, R.I.T.Park persuaded him. England’s ‘The Athletic’ said in this regard, “Coach Gerrard is scheduled to head to Al Itifak. He has already visited Saudi Arabia for talks last month. .

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