Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Benzemas time with France is over

Benzemas time with France is over

Karim Benzema is tied to France as an global performer, but the Real Madrid striker has asked to be freed to represent another country after being informed he will not be selected again.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema wants to play global football - even if it's not to be with France.

The head man said Saturday that Benzema will not return to the French national team, despite calls for the Real Madrid striker to make his return to the national team. I have never criticised his qualities. "You would have to be a little blind or deaf not to understand that it would be hard to choose him", Le Graet said in the months after the "Valbuena case". At Real Madrid he is proving to be one of the best in his position.

La Graet has changed his stance, though, insisting on Saturday that Benzema - who remains without an worldwide appearance since the Valbuena affair - is not part of France's plans and the "adventure is over with the French national team".

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Benzema has been capped 81 times for Les Bleus but hasn't featured since 2015, following on from the sex tape scandal he was involved in with teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

That prompted a seething response from Benzema, who wrote on Twitter: "Noel I thought that you wouldn't interfere in the coach's decisions!"

"Bear in mind that it's only me that will decide when to end my global career. If you think I'm finished, let me play for one of the countries that I'm eligible for and we'll see".

Benzema responded soon after on social media, pleading for a chance to play again and firing back at le Graet's suggestion that he is done. Benzema, meanwhile, has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Real Madrid across all competitions this season.

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