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Karim Benzema, a French striker, has asked to ‘temporarily’ leave Saudi Arabian giants Al-Ittihad.

This comes after it was reported that Benzema is still exiled from the Al-Ittihad group and is training alone while his teammates prepare to resume the Saudi Pro League season after returning from vacation 17 days late.

According to reports in France, the former Real Madrid striker has sought to quit the club due to feeling ‘under pressure’ at Al-Ittihad.

According to AFP, Al-Ittihad has since offered to loan the striker to another Saudi championship team, but Benzema has turned down the offer.

According to the same source, the 36-year-old feels unable to give his all to Al-Ittihad due to pressure.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner irritated his teammates, who expected him to return on January 2 for the team’s mid-season training camp.

A club insider informed France 24 that they had been unable to contact him for the past 10 days.

According to Marca, as a result, manager Marcelo Gallardo has excluded Benzema from the trip to Dubai, and he will continue to prepare for the league’s return on February 7 on his own.

According to the site, the 36-year-old claimed that his tardiness was caused by a hurricane that struck the island of Mauritius, where he was vacationing. However, Al-Ittihad were already upset by his absence from three training sessions before the end of last year.

The news comes as sources suggest that the 36-year-old may leave the club quickly and return to his boyhood club Lyon this month.