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Karim Benzema: Lawyer offers update on Man Utd and Arsenal links

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Reports about the Frenchman’s return to Europe have intensified in recent days.

Karim Benzema’s lawyer has dismissed rumours about his client’s plan to leave Al Ittihad.

Benzema joined the Saudi Pro League giants as a free agent in the summer, but his integration into the team has been far from easy. 

The Frenchman’s rocky relationship with former manager Nuno Espírito Santo affected his start at Al Ittihad. But even after the coach’s departure in early November, Benzema hasn’t reached his best form. 

Last week, reports emerged on Arsenal and Manchester United’s interest in signing Benzema on a winter deal. However, the striker’s agent says his client is not looking for an escape route out of his new club.

 “He has experienced ups and downs in his career, perhaps this period is less prosperous, and he has also been injured,” Hugues Vigier told RMC.

“He left for a few days, he was held back from returning to Saudi Arabia by the cyclone. He then 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 this absolutely essential player. And he has worse moments and better moments, it’s like that for all athletes.”