Why Benzema left


By: Manu Tournoux

We understand a little better why Karim Benzema left Saudi Arabia at the end of the year. The Al-Ittihad star striker reportedly requested an exit voucher from his employer in Jeddah.

Can we talk about discomfort when talking about Karim Benzema in Saudi Arabia? We were tempted, at least, when we discovered information reported by the local media Al-Riyadiya. The 2022 Ballon d’Or had left Jeddah, city of the club where he plays, Al-Ittihad, for unknown reasons.

Marca sheds some light by explaining on Saturday that the French center forward and captain of Real Madrid had injured his foot. People close to KB9 also told the Spanish newspaper that the native of Bron had authorization from his employer to benefit from a few days of rest at the end of 2023.

Which would explain the absence, Thursday and Friday, of Karim Benzema from training sessions. No need to fantasize about possible problems with his trainer, the Argentinian Marcelo Gallardo. The Saudi championship match, scheduled for Saturday against Al-Taï, was postponed due to bad weather.

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