February 23, 2024

Former Ballon D’or winner and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is reportedly seeking an early departure from the Saudi Pro League, adding his name to the growing list of discontented players in the Middle-Eastern football venture. News from France suggests that despite an impressive record of 15 goals in 24 appearances for Al-Ittihad, Benzema is eager to explore options during the upcoming January transfer window.

Al-Ittihad, currently struggling and positioned seventh in the league table, has faced challenges this season, trailing 25 points behind leaders Al Hilal, who clinched the title last season. The Saudi media has criticized Benzema’s performances, adding to the reported reasons behind the player’s desire to cut short his tenure in Saudi Arabia.

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The Saudi Pro League, which made headlines during the last summer transfer window with a £750 million splurge on high-profile signings, now appears to be losing some of its initial allure. Reports suggest that several players who embarked on this Middle-Eastern adventure are contemplating premature exits, indicating a shift in the league’s dynamics.

Jordan Henderson, formerly of Liverpool and part of Al-Ettifaq, is reportedly set to sign with Dutch powerhouse club Ajax, further underlining the trend of established players seeking alternatives. Additionally, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho, both former Liverpool players, are said to be uninterested in continuing their stints in the cash-rich Saudi league.

As the winter transfer window approaches, the Saudi Pro League is witnessing a flux of player movements, raising questions about the sustainability of the league’s initial appeal and the factors contributing to the discontent among prominent football figures.

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