JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 26: Karim Benzema of Al-Ittihad looks on prior to the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr at Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium on December 26, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Benzema’s time at Al Ittihad has been met with controversy as rumors circulate that he went absent without leave in December. Despite scoring 12 goals in all competitions since joining the club, it appears that the player has fallen out with the club’s hierarchy. Speculation has arisen regarding his potential departure from Al Ittihad, with Manchester United and a return to Real Madrid being suggested destinations. However, reports indicate that the SPL (Saudi Pro League) authorities would prefer for Benzema to stay in the country.

According to football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, discussions between Benzema and Al Ittihad are scheduled to take place in the coming days. It is worth noting that the European transfer window remains open until the end of the month. Romano suggests that further meetings will occur in order to determine the future of the player. The relationship between Benzema and Al Ittihad appears tense, and the SPL authorities are adamant about their desire for him to stay in Saudi Arabia, potentially joining another Saudi club. If Benzema were to consider a return to Europe, it is likely that a substantial salary reduction would be required.

Currently, Benzema serves as the captain of Al Ittihad and they are the reigning champions from last season. However, their performance this season has been relatively underwhelming, as they currently sit in seventh place after 18 matches. The situation surrounding Benzema’s future remains uncertain and the negotiations with Al Ittihad will play a significant role in determining his next steps.

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