Al Ittihad dropped Benzema from the team

Al Ittihad dropped Benzema from the team
Al Ittihad dropped Benzema from the team

It’s been almost 2 months since Al Ittihad’s estrangement with Karim Benzema. Benzema last played against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nasr on December 26. He ‘disappeared’ after Al Ittihad’s 5–2 thrashing in that match, joining the team’s training camp in Dubai 17 days after the deadline.

The authorities of the Saudi club are very angry with Benzema’s behavior. In particular, the French striker’s relationship with coach Marcelo Gallardo has reached the bottom. Benzema is yet to feature in the club’s two matches so far this year. This time Al Ittihad dropped him from the squad.

Ittihad will face Uzbekistan club Navbahor today in the first leg of the last sixteen of the AFC Champions League. Citing sources, ESPN confirmed that coach Gallardo Benzema was not in the team for that match.

According to media reports, Gallardo did not consider Benzema for this match as he was not considered fit; However, the 36-year-old forward claims he is fit and ready to play.

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According to AFC Champions League rules, a club can have a maximum of 5 foreigners in the squad. Gallardo has selected N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, Ahmed Hejaghi, Romarinho and Abderrazak Hamdallah as 5 foreigners for the Navbahor match. The Etihad have played two matches without Benzema this year. Won both.

Benzema joined Al Ittihad in July last year

Benzema joined the Etihad as a free agent (not contracted) on July 1 last year. The potential title-winning forward for Real Madrid has scored 15 goals in 24 matches across all competitions for the Saudi club. He has a contract with the club until June 30, 2026.

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But according to ESPN, Benzema is not staying at Etihad. He wanted to leave Saudi Arabia and return to Europe during the winter season last January. However, the Etihad authorities ruled out the possibility of him returning to Europe. Instead, Saudi tried to send him on loan to another club. However, Benzema rejected the club’s offer.

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