No Al Ittihad for Stefano Pioli. The Saudi club has chosen the new coach: it will be Blanc

It will not be Stephen Pioli the new coach of Al Ittihad. Surprisingly, the Saudi club has decided to entrust the bench to an old acquaintance of Italian football, namely Laurent Blanc: the former France coach would thus reunite with Karim Benzema, a striker he already coached during his two-year spell (2010-2012) at the helm of the The Blues.

According to the information reported by The Teamthe former defender would have beaten the competition of his compatriots Christophe Galtier and Hervé Renard, who are busy with Al Duhail and France Women respectively. If there are no further surprises, Blanc will inherit the bench from Marcelo Gallardo: he is ready for a two-year contract (plus an optional one) worth eight million euros plus two in bonuses.