Benzema’s lawyer reacts to Benzema’s links with Chelsea

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Karim Benzema’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier has cooled talks about the striker possibility leaving Al-Ittihad this month to join Chelsea.

In the last 48 hours, multiple outlets have reported that the 36-year-old is unhappy in Saudi Arabia, and wants to return to Europe, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal circling for his signature.

However, speaking in an interview with RMC, Hugues said: “Karim has had ups and downs in his sporting life and perhaps this period will be less prosperous. He also got injured. He left for a few days, staying away from the team due to the cyclone (in Mauritius) and returned to Saudi Arabia.

“We saw him rise from the ashes. If you remember, he didn’t play much when he arrived at Real Madrid, then he became an essential player. When you are at such high levels and at a certain point your results are a little less good, let’s immediately say that you are at the end of your career.”

Excluding a return to France, specifically to Lyon, the club where he grew up, Vigier added: “I have to say that I would be very happy to see him play at Lyon, but at the moment he hasn’t told me anything.”