KARIM BENZEMA is being linked with a return to Lyon, just seven months after moving to Saudi Arabia.
He penned a lucrative £85.9million-a-season deal with the Middle Eastern outfit, repaying them with 15 goals in 24 games.
Yet despite an impressive return in front of goal, Al-Ittihad are languishing in seventh place in the Saudi Pro League.
And speculation over his future has already begun in the January window, with Chelsea heavily linked to a move for the French striker – who has a contract with Al-Ittihad until 2026.
He scored 66 goals in 148 games for the Ligue 1 side during his first stint, winning four league titles in the process.
However, it is understood getting a deal done for the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner remains “very complicated”.
Lyon also cannot match the huge salary Al-Ittihad are paying him.
Their interest in Benzema comes just 48 hours after reports emerged claiming Al-Ittihad bosses were furious at the striker for returning to training 17 DAYS late.
He only turned up for training on Thursday – a long while after he was reportedly due to return from the mid-season break.
There will now be internal discussions between Al-Ittihad chiefs regarding his future at the club.
Benzema is being linked with a swift Saudi exit just days after Jordan Henderson left Al-Ettifaq for Ajax.
And a number of other ex-European-based players could leave the Middle East before the end of the month as the heat, lack of fans and social factors all contribute to stars seeking a way out.
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