◼️ Karim Benzema spoke about his absence in the France National Team and said that if they need him they already know where to find him.
Real Madrid’s French striker, Karim Benzema, said he will not do anything to convince the French coach, Didier Deschamps, to call him saying “if you need me, you know where to find me”.
“I am 30 years old, I have two children, I am calm here, if you need me, you know where to find me”, said Benzema in an interview published on Tuesday in the Spanish edition of the magazine “Vanity Fair”.
When asked what he would do to convince Deschamps to summon him, Benzema simply said “Me? Now? Nothing.“
“I haven’t talked to the coach (Deschamps) for a long time, without saying a word, it’s very difficult”, he said.
Benzema has not played for the French national team since October 2015, as Deschamps stopped calling him after the blackmail case broke out with a video of sexual content to his teammate Mathieu Valbuena, a matter in which the Real Madrid player was investigated.
This case had even led to the then prime minister Manuel Valls to ensure that “a great athlete must be exemplary.”
“When a prime minister talks about you, it’s not football, I think you don’t have to mix football and politics, in my case it’s a political issue”, Benzema said, explaining why the Marseillaise does not sing before games.
“If we listen well, La Marseillaise calls for war, I don’t like that”, he said.
Benzema also defends himself in the interview of the supposed lack of goal attributed to him this season.
“I play football to help my teammates always and to win everything, if I see that I can pass for someone else to score, I do it, if I think I can do it, I’ll shoot”, he said.
“I don’t care if my name is always in the newspapers, that doesn’t mean anything”, he added, stating that “I play for those people that I know value what I do in the field. Those who go to the stadium to whistle, whistle. I’m not going to change them”, said Benzema, who has been the target of boos on several occasions for his lack of goals.
“It’s not that I don’t care if they speak ill of me, but I’m fair When I play a bad game, I do not need to read the press to know it What I don’t like is that they attack me when I play well, for the team, even though I don’t score”, he said.