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Karim Benzema lives one of the best moments of his career with Real Madrid, and when many were wondering if his sublime level would help him to return with the French national team, with which he has not played since 2015, the president of the French Federation closed the doors permanently. A love-hate story between both parties that seems to have no happy ending.
???????? @FFF President Noël Le Graët:— SPORF (@Sporf) November 16, 2019
???? “@Benzema is a very good player. I have never criticised his qualities. He is proving again this year at @RealMadrid that he is one of the best players in his position. But the adventure with @EquipeDeFrance is over.”
???? @Benzema responds: pic.twitter.com/lmzP4NHoGD
Benzema already had a great season last year despite the disappointing campaign carried out by Real Madrid, as the French striker scored a whopping 21 goals in 36 La Liga matches and led the team after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus. This season his numbers are even better, and in 11 league games, he is the top scorer with 9 goals as well as distributing 3 assists, adding another two goals and two assists in the Champions League.
His great condition has caused that both in Spain and in France many placed his return to the French team as a possibility, and even L'Equipe conducted a survey in which 73% of the participants responded affirmatively to the question of whether the former Lyon player was the best French striker today. If we look at the other stars in the world of football, we can find a Kylian Mbappé who is suffering a lot with injuries, Antoine Griezmann far from his best level in his process of settling into Barcelona, ??and other world champions such as Olivier Giroud or Ousmane Dembelé in a low form.
Given these rumors, it was Noël Le Graët - president of the French Football Federation - who quickly decided to silence any possibility of the return of the Real Madrid man with ‘Les Bleus’. "Karim Benzema is a great player, I have never questioned his qualities. Moreover, at Real Madrid, he is proving to be one of the best in his position. But the adventure in the French team is over for him," he said flatly. The 31-year-old striker has not played with France since the episode that faced him against Mathieu Balbuena in 2015, and since then, coach Didier Deschamps has not given him another chance.
The French president's words did not go unnoticed for Benzema, who quickly responded on his social networks. "Noel, I thought you wouldn't interfere with the coach's decisions. Keep in mind that it will be me and only me who will end my international career. If you think I'm finished, let me play in one of the countries for which I am eligible to play for and we'll see," replied the striker born in Lyon but of Algerian ancestry.
Noël je croyais que vous n’interfériez pas dans les décisions du sélectionneur!Sachez que c’est moi et moi seul qui mettrait un terme à ma carrière internationale.— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) November 16, 2019
Si vous pensez que je suis terminé, laissez moi jouer pour un des pays pour lequel je suis éligible et nous verrons.
A person of great weight in French and world football like Zinedine Zidane, current coach of Real Madrid and world champion with France in 1998, did not hesitate to place himself on the side of his player. "He has always wanted to play with the national team. I do not know exactly what is happening, but for me, he is the best player and would have a place," he said. Deschamps' response didn´t leave any doubt: "I have no problem with him saying that. He is the coach of Real Madrid, so his role is to talk like that."
The new disagreement and the constant comings and goings do not seem to eventually finish with Benzema's return to the national team, especially when France was able to obtain the last World Cup without the presence of the Real Madrid player and in recent days they also sealed their spot for the EURO 2020. It seems that there will be no changes, and the French star football will only be seen with the Real Madrid shirt.
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