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Benzema edges closer to Saudi exit amidst Man United links



Benzema edges closer to Saudi exit amidst Man United links

Karim Benzema has reportedly expressed his desire to part ways with Al-Ittihad, citing mounting pressure as the catalyst for his decision.

The 36-year-old striker, who made headlines with his summer move to the Saudi club, has faced a dip in form, prompting his exclusion from the team by manager Marcelo Gallardo.

Benzema’s troubles escalated when he returned to training 17 days later than scheduled after his winter break. The delay was attributed to a storm in Mauritius, leaving the player stranded.

However, Gallardo appears to be unsympathetic to these circumstances and has opted to keep the seasoned striker on the sidelines.

Sources from L’Equipe now reveal that Benzema has formally requested permission to terminate his association with Al-Ittihad, seeking a fresh start to revive his career elsewhere.

Manchester United has emerged as a potential destination for the former French international, with strong interest also reported from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

The situation in Riyadh has become a focal point for these English clubs, each closely monitoring the developments surrounding Benzema’s uncertain future.

Adding another layer to the intrigue, Ligue 1 side Lyon is reportedly keen on bringing Benzema back to the French league, presenting yet another enticing option for the seasoned striker.