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Karim Benzema’s lawyer explains why the Frenchman isn’t in Saudi Arabia

Karim Benzema’s lawyer has clarified the reason behind the forward’s absence from Al-Ittihad training amid transfer speculations in Saudi Arabia.

The former France international moved to the Middle East in 2023, following in the footsteps of his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. His absence from training has sparked discussions about a potential transfer.

Karim Benzema, despite scoring 15 goals for Al-Ittihad, missed the return to training after the mid-season break and is reportedly excluded from the squad by head coach Marcelo Gallardo.

Benzema’s lawyer reveals his situation

Benzema’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier, has attempted to shed light on that situation by telling BFMTV: “He has experienced ups and downs in his sporting life, perhaps this period is less prosperous. He was also injured. And He left for a few days and was kept away from the team in Saudi Arabia by the cyclone (in Mauritius). He then returned to Saudi Arabia. We saw him rise from the ashes before. If you remember, he didn’t play much when he arrived at Real Madrid, then he became this absolutely essential player. He has less good moments and better moments. It’s like that for all athletes.”

Karim Benzema has been linked with several English teams, including Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United, as they are reportedly interested in signing him during the January transfer window. There is also ongoing speculation about a potential return to Lyon.

Vigier added on the Ligue 1 speculation: “When you are at this level and your results are a little less good at a given moment, we immediately come and say that this is the end of your career. I must say that I would be quite happy to see him come back to play in Lyon, I would like it, but he has not announced it to me for the moment.”

Karim Benzema, who signed a two-year contract with Al-Ittihad upon moving to Saudi Arabia, has been heavily linked with a return to Europe just a few months after embarking on this new challenge.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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