August 14 2023

Celtic transfer: Jota makes Benzema his ally amidst criticism

Jota has faced a whirlwind few weeks since Celtic transfer when he dumped his club for Al-Ittihad

Jota has faced a whirlwind few weeks since Celtic transfer when he dumped his club for Al-Ittihad due to a mega-money deal to the Saudi Pro League -with speculation ramping up that he could be sent out on loan.

But he appears to have found a superstar ally in his fight for first-team football – with Karim Benzema continuing his bromance with Portuguese winger behind the scenes in the Middle East.

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Jota has been a regular for Ittihad since leaving the Scottish Premiership behind off the back of helping to bring a Treble to Celtic Park – lining up alongside big names like Benzema and N’Golo Kante in Jeddah.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo has stated he would be given time to adjust to life in Saudi but with Pro League rules limiting the number of foreign players that are allowed in each squad the forward has reportedly been offered to fellow clubs by the Ittihad powerbrokers to make way for another big name recruit. Al-Shabab are reportedly leading the signing race.

Former Real Madrid striker Benzema has struck up an immediate bond with the former Celtic star following his arrival – with social media clips showing the pair engaging in dance routines at training and taking on drills alongside each other. And that bond appears to be strong despite persistent exit rumours.

Benzema took to Instagram to share a snap alongside Jota during a squad training exercise. The snap was taken ahead the Saudi champions clash with Al Raed.

It appears that the Ballon d’Or winner would be keen to see his pal remain at Ittihad with him. It won’t hurt Jota’s case to remain at the with a fellow big name recruit hinting at support for you going into the final weeks of the window.

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Posted August 14, 2023 by Jude Ogbonna in category "News +

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