Former Star Seeks Change from Saudi Pro League, Faces Hurdles in Potential Return to Real Madrid
In a surprising turn of events, Karim Benzema, former poster boy of Real Madrid, is contemplating a return to European football after a brief stint in the Saudi Pro League. Despite being a pivotal force for Real Madrid last season, Benzema’s decision to move to Saudi Arabia raised eyebrows worldwide, with financial incentives seemingly being the primary factor.
Reports from MARCA suggest that just six months into his venture with Al-Ittihad, Benzema has had a change of heart. The seasoned striker feels that the Saudi Pro League does not provide the ideal environment for nurturing his football skills and mentality, prompting him to explore possibilities for a return to Europe.
Benzema’s representatives are reportedly working diligently to secure an exit for the French international, less than a year after joining Al-Ittihad. Despite his openness to a significant pay cut, Real Madrid has firmly shut the doors on a potential reunion with the striker.
While Benzema’s desire to return to his former club is evident, Real Madrid’s football administration is prioritizing long-term plans over emotions. At 36 years of age, bringing back the veteran striker would be considered an impractical decision for the club’s future.
Joselu has emerged as a capable temporary solution for Los Blancos, and the club is actively pursuing the acquisition of a world-class number 9 in the upcoming summer transfer window. High-profile players like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have been linked with a move to Real Madrid, underscoring the club’s commitment to shaping its future with fresh talent rather than revisiting past glories.
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