Striker submits transfer request amid interest from Chelsea

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According to The Express, Karim Benzema has submitted a formal request to leave Al-Ittihad.

The French striker, struggling with the pressure of being a leading figure in Saudi football, is believed to be interested in returning to Europe.

Benzema has been ‘exiled’ by Al-Ittihad coaches after a period of unavailability.

There’s interest from Chelsea, as the Blues are looking for a consistent goal scorer, and Lyon is also interested in an emotional reunion with Benzema.

His departure from Al-Ittihad could be another significant event for the Saudi Pro League following Jordan Henderson’s quick departure from Al-Ettifaq.