When Real Madrid parted ways with Karim Benzema at the end of last season, they believed it was the final farewell as the veteran striker made his way to Saudi Arabia to join Al-Ittihad. However, according to Sport, Real head coach Carlo Ancelotti has asked club president Florentino Perez to bring Benzema back for the second half of the season.
Despite mostly playing without a recognized centre-forward, Los Blancos have scored 43 goals in 20 La Liga games, obviously over two per game in the Spanish top flight. The system Ancelotti has turned to in such circumstances has allowed Jude Bellingham to achieve sensational form, making the most of the space left open by the lack of a classic No.9. And yet, the experienced Italian tactician apparently still wants Benzema in his ranks, having planned his attacking options with the French striker before his departure became imminent.
Meanwhile, there have been reports suggesting Benzema had become disillusioned with the Saudi project and that he wanted to leave Al-Ittihad, but the 36-year-old recently labeled such reports as “lies”.
There are five days left before January ends and the winter window closes, which leaves Perez with very little time to think about Ancelotti’s wish.
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