Karim Benzema is reportedly considering leaving his Saudi Pro League club Al Ittihad.
In a report by AFP, the 36-year-old had a dust-up meeting with the club and its Argentinian coach Marcelo Gallardo.
The French striker told the management that “he doesn’t feel he can give his best because of the current pressure at Ittihad,” the source said.
“Benzema asked to leave Ittihad temporarily to change the atmosphere.”
There were also reports that Benzema returned to the club 17 days late after he left on holiday without permission.
The former Real Madrid star has scored 12 goals in 20 appearances this season but has been criticized by the Saudi media for his performance.
Al Ittihad have struggled this season, as they are seventh in the league, 25 points behind leaders Al Hilal.
Al Hilal, led by Brazilian superstar and high-profile signee Neymar, won the title last season.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is the latest high-profile player to depart from Saudi Arabia.
Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson parted ways with Al-Ettifaq to join Dutch side Ajax.
As for Benzema’s transfer, ESPN reported that a reunion with Ligue 1 club Lyon could be possible.
However, Benzema will likely take a pay cut with Lyon due to the club’s financial woes.
Reports in England stated that Premier League club Chelsea would be keen to take Benzema on loan.