Karim Benzema is head-on with his attempt to leave Al-Ittihad and return to Europe, MySportDab reports.
There have been conflicting positions and speculations on why the Real Madrid legend has decided to call it a quit with the Saudi Pro League champions just six months into his three-year contract.
Some reports claim the French footballer is struggling to adapt to life in the oil-rich state with depleted football stadiums and undeveloped football facilities.
Other reports claim his struggle to return to elite-level performance and Al-Ittihad’s dwindling fortunes is behind his desire to leave.
However, a recent report shared by Goal.com has revealed Karim Benzema’s fallout with Al-Ittihad new manager Gallardo Marcelo is at the heart of his decision to leave the club.
The report revealed Benzema delayed his return to Al-Ittihad training by 17 days following his winter break. The delay is said to have been unintentional as a storm struck Mauritius where he went for his break and he was stranded.
Following his late return, Gallardo Marcelo freeze him out of the squad as a disciplinary measure.
Gallardo’s move is said to have angered the Ballon d’Or winner who has now asked to leave the club immediately to breath life back to his career.
MySportDab understands Saudi bosses are deliberating on the future of Karim Benzema amidst his link to European return.
Al-Ittihad football chiefs are reportedly open to let Karim Benzema leave Al-Ittihad but to another Saudi club not a return to Europe.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Chelsea are some big clubs that have been linked to a loan move for Karim Benzema, including his former club Lyon.
Karim Benzema has 11 goals with 7 assists in his 19 appearances for Al-Ittihad. The former Lyon striker will be the second player to return to Europe after Jordan Henderson just few months into his contract.