Karim Benzema who left Spanish La Liga for the Saudi Pro League on a free transfer on July 1, 2023, reportedly had a face-off with coach Nuno Espírito Santo which contributed to the coach’s dismissal.
“I’m gonna accept Al Ittihad proposal also due to personal reasons. They motivated me with a huge project in a new interesting league”, Gallardo confirmed on Saturday, November 18.
Santo helped Al Ittihad to win the Saudi Pro League last season over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr but that was not enough to remain at the club beyond this month.
The former Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur coach has now been replaced by Marcelo Gallardo who has been coaching clubs in South America since 2011.
Since 2022, the retired Argentina international has been without a coaching job and Al Ittihad will be his first coaching job outside South America.
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