Benzema, the reasons for his departure


By: Manu Tournoux

Karim Benzema left Jeddah on Friday, causing a stir in the Saudi press. An explanation comes to us from Spain this Saturday.

But why on earth did Karim Benzema leave Jeddah on the eve of a championship match? On Friday, the Saudi press spilled the beans, ensuring that the French striker had not informed anyone of his departure from the Al-Ittihad club. A pure and simple desertion that does not correspond to the version provided by the Spanish sports daily Marca this Saturday.

According to this latest publication, which cites the player’s entourage, KB9 is injured in a foot and has received authorization from his club to leave Jeddah for a few days, not being available for the Saudi Pro League match against Al-Taee – match which was postponed due to weather conditions which made the pitch impassable.

Not a first…

The Saudi media Arriyadiyah for its part refutes this thesis, citing “personal reasons” for this absence and an Al-Ittihad staff presented with a fait accompli. If we are to believe the daily Asharq Al-Awsat, this is not the first time this season that Karim Benzema “skips” training. The former coach of the Jeddah team Nuno Espirito Santo would have had the bitter experience of this, when the successor of the Portuguese technician, Marcelo Gallardo, would have decided to crack down. A sanction could thus be the cause of the departure of the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

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