Karim Benzema’s lawyer has spoken out on his client’s future following reports of a falling out with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad and links to Arsenal.
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Benzema’s lawyer speaks out
However, if Arsenal fans were hoping to have Benzema on their books in the near future, comments from his lawyer suggest that may not be the case.
Benzema’s lawyer, Hugues Vigier, has dismissed the player’s current struggles on the pitch as any sign that he will leave. But he did hint that former club Lyon would be on the table should he seek an exit.
He told French outlet RMC Sport: “When you are used to a certain level [of performance] and your results are a little less good at a given moment, people immediately say that it is the end of your career.
“I have to say that I would be quite happy to see him come back to play in Lyon, I would like it... but he hasn’t told me that yet!
“He has experienced ups and downs in his career, perhaps this period is less prosperous, and he has also been injured. 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.”
Benzema has 12 goals and five assists in 20 games this season but has been criticised for his performances by the Saudi Arabian media.