Karim Benzema made his return to training with Al-Ittihad on Monday after being sidelined for several weeks. The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner had been frozen out by coach Marcelo Gallardo in January due to tensions with the Saudi club.
The Frenchman, who had been criticized for his disappointing performances, had returned to training 17 days late and was rumored to be leaving during the winter transfer window.
After Al-Ittihad’s 4-0 victory over Al-Faisaly on Sunday, Marcelo Gallardo said of Benzema’s situation: “His return depends on him and his physical condition.”
The atmosphere must have been interesting during the training session.
— نادي الاتحاد السعودي (@ittihad) February 5, 2024