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Karim Benzema to Remain at Al-Ittihad Amidst Speculation of Possible Move to Manchester United

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Karim Benzema to Remain at Al-Ittihad Amidst Speculation of Possible Move to Manchester United

The notion always seemed unlikely, and now the last glimmer of hope has faded away. According to The Athletic, Karim Benzema has opted to stay at Al-Ittihad for the foreseeable future, dispelling rumors of a potential move.

Despite his growing disillusionment in the Gulf state and recent reports suggesting his decision to leave, Benzema has decided against it.

Manchester United, positioned high on the list of potential destinations due to his pedigree, age profile, and the immediate boost he could provide, will not see the French striker joining their ranks.

Former players, pundits, and legends had been advocating for United to sign the Ballon d’Or winner, given the signs pointing to his departure from the current club. However, this report quashes those hopes, indicating a potential plan to reintegrate Benzema into the Al-Ittihad squad.

Benzema had taken a break from team duties during the mid-season break, returning late without permission, leading to showdown talks with the club hierarchy.

There were moments when a breakup seemed imminent. It is speculated that his wage demands and subpar performance in the Saudi Pro League may have played a role in his decision to stay.

Of significant consideration is Benzema’s status as arguably the second-most high-profile arrival in the league after Cristiano Ronaldo.

His departure on a sour note could deter future superstars from choosing a similar path, a factor both the player and the league are likely mindful of.
For Manchester United, this development marks the end of the transfer window with a whimper, leaving the striker position understaffed and no new arrivals in January.

Karim Benzema to Remain at Al-Ittihad Amidst Speculation of Possible Move to Manchester United

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