Karim Benzema happy at Al Ittihad amid exit speculation

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Karim Benzema is content at Al-Ittihad amid speculation about his departure from the team.

Saudi Pro League side Al Ittihad is considering his options during the January transfer window after six disappointing months at Al Ittihad.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has scored 15 goals in 24 matches across all tournaments since arriving in the rich league as a free agent, but the 36-year-old striker is not satisfied with how his time in Saudi Arabia has gone so far. How is it going?

According to reports, the team is hesitant in allowing their highly valued summer addition to leave either permanently or on loan.

Jordan Henderson, another Saudi Pro League recruit, is a player who has managed to secure a departure from the Gulf state by negotiating a release from his contract, in this case with Al Ettifaq.

Al Ittihad have had an uphill battle and are currently seventh in the standings, 25 points behind leaders Al Hilal, who won the championship last year. With two and a half years remaining on his deal, Benzema has come under criticism from the Saudi press due to the manner of his performances.

According to sources speaking to ESPN, Benzema could be able to play in the Premier League as several teams, including Chelsea, have expressed interest in the experienced forward.

The former France international is rumored to be not considering a return to Real Madrid, where he reportedly spent 14 years.

Following the passage of Tropical Storm Belal, which caused the cancellation of all flights in and out of Mauritius, Benzema remains stranded there. When Benzema is able, he will travel to Al Ittihad’s training facility in Dubai with the team and manager Marcelo Gallardo.

Benzema earlier this week sued French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin for blasphemy after the actor allegedly linked himself to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In October, Darmanin said Benzema had “notorious ties” to the Brotherhood, a pan-Arab Islamist organization that won elections in Egypt a year after the 2011 uprising. This was due to Benzema’s initial wartime online support for the people of Gaza during the Israel–Hamas conflict.

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Benzema has categorically denied any links to the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its members in his complaint, which he presented to the Republic of Justice on Monday. The special court for cases involving government ministers is the CJR.

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