Karim Benzema 'to remain in Saudi Arabia despite interest from EPL clubs' (1 Viewer)


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Karim Benzema is reportedly staying with Al-Ittihad at least until the summer, despite much speculation about his future this month. Last year, the 36-year-old made a surprising decision to not renew his contract with Real Madrid, choosing instead to move to Saudi Arabia and sign a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad.

During the 2023-24 campaign, Benzema has made an impact with 12 goals and five assists in 20 appearances for his current team, including nine goals and five assists in 15 Saudi Pro League matches.

Despite various rumors circulating during the January transfer window, suggesting his desire to return to European football, Benzema has decided to stay put. Former clubs Lyon and Real Madrid were mentioned as possible destinations, along with reported interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. However, according to The Athletic, Benzema will continue with Al-Ittihad, expressing contentment with his situation in Saudi Arabia.

Although Benzema was absent during the mid-season break in Saudi Arabia, he has rejoined the squad and is expected to play in their upcoming match on Sunday in the King's Cup.

Al-Ittihad's last game was on December 26, resulting in a 5-2 loss to Al-Nassr. Currently, they occupy the seventh position in the Saudi Pro League table, trailing leaders Al-Hilal by 25 points.

Despite interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United, all seeking new strikers, Benzema's decision to remain with Al-Ittihad suggests he's not available for loan to these clubs.

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