Forgetting the sex scandal, he will return Benzema to the France team
Noel Le Grat, head of the French Football Federation, has washed his hands of Karim Benzema. Benzema was accused of cheating in the release of a sensitive video by Matthew Valbuena.
That fact has not yet been proven. The French forward has been summoned to court again this week.
Whether the allegations are substantiated or not, Benzema’s inconvenience to the team could have caused him discomfort, an argument he has not been called up to the French side in the last five years. Federation President Grat has accepted the decision of coach Didier Desam in this regard.
“Unfortunately, Benzema’s journey to the French team is over,” said Benzema, acknowledging the good striker.
Benzema, who is 33, has also given up hope of playing for the national team. But Michel Mullin is raising the hopes of Real Madrid forward.
A new president will be elected in a few days in the French Football Federation. Mulin is running for president. He has announced that he will ensure that Benzema, who is in good form, is included in the squad.
Benzema was last seen in the France squad in November 2015. That’s when the touching sex video of Valbuena spread. Two people tried to blackmail him by talking about the video.
Benzema claims he tried to mediate in the blackmail. But according to Valbuena, the arrow of blackmail is aimed at Benzema.
A French court has called for a new hearing in the case. Benzema could not play in the 2016 Euro and 2018 World Cup just because of the Valbuena incident.
Disappointed, the federation president once told Grat that if he dared to have his name removed from the French federation’s list, he would be able to show his skills in the Algerian national team.
However, Mullin hopes that Benzema will be able to play again in the French team. Presidential candidate Mullen told Le Figaro, “Karim Benzema is a great striker, Didier Deschamps (coach) is an employee of the French Football Federation (paid). If he is told from above that Benzema must play, then he must play. ‘
Benzema is not being called up to the French team only on the Valbuena issue. The striker has been in great form since the last World Cup.
Benzema has scored 69 goals in Real’s jersey in the last two and a half years. There is only one person ahead of him in the French team at the moment, Killian Mbappe. 83 goals for PSG is the most desired forward of the time.
All those who have accompanied Mbappe to the French team in the last few years are far behind Benzema. Antoine Griezmann has scored 43 goals for the club so far. Anthony Martial of Manchester United has scored 40 goals.
Also, Wissam Ben Yedder (56), Kingsley Koman (23), and Usmane Dembele (20) have played for France. Oliver Giroud, who is most comparable to Benzema in terms of style of play, has played more matches than them in the French jersey. In the club’s jersey, however, Jiru (32) is much duller than Benzema.
Considering the form, it should not be difficult for Benzema to be called up to the France team. But even if Mullin becomes president, will coach Desam show the courage to interfere in the decision?