Karim Benzema is currently stuck in Mauritius, unable to catch a flight to Dubai where his club, Al-Ittihad, is waiting for him to start pre-season training. The team’s head coach, Marcelo Gallardo, called him up to join the team last week, but Benzema’s attempts to leave the island have been unsuccessful due to the impact of Storm Belal, a cyclone that has been hitting the islands of Reunion and Mauritius with high winds.
The strong winds, with gusts of up to 120 kmh, have made it difficult for Benzema to leave the Indian Ocean island. In addition to the wind, heavy storms have caused flooding in the area, making it challenging to move around Mauritius’ capital, Port Louis, which has been confined by the authorities.
As a result, Benzema missed the deadline to report with the rest of the team and travel to Dubai. Gallardo did not want to give preferential treatment, so the team is continuing without Benzema at their training camp in Dubai.
There have been rumors about Benzema’s possible departure from the Saudi Pro League, with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly interested in a short-term loan agreement. However, Benzema is focused on arriving in Dubai as soon as possible to join his team-mates again.
Despite a difficult start to life in the Saudi capital since his free transfer from Real Madrid, Benzema is not currently contemplating leaving the team. His priority is to get to Dubai and start pre-season training with Al-Ittihad.
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