Karim Benzema: 'France return unlikely under Didier Deschamps'

Cristiano Ronaldo with physio Antonio Gaspar

GETTY Cristiano Ronaldo with physio Antonio Gaspar

(I told him) I am a footballer, you are my coach and I respect you but you have to respect me also as a footballer. Even if he's someone I respect, after a while, I started to lose it.

He has since demanded explanations from Deschamps that have not been forthcoming, and with the France coach having recently extended his contract to 2020 after clinching a place at next summer's World Cup, Benzema, 29, is all but resigned to his global exile being extended.

"It felt that he thought they were amusing and the truth is that if he was someone that I respected, then in that moment I lost my cool".

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has revealed that his transfer to the Red Devils would have fallen through if Sir Alex Ferguson had managed to sign his target, Karim Benzema in 2009.

"He is able to play one-touch football".

"[Ronaldo] is more selfish than me, but that's normal", Benzema explained in an interview with Canal+, as reported by the Marca. Ronaldo has found the net just once in the seven La Liga appearances while Benzema has scored the name number of goals in six matches. And it doesn't bother me. "It's good for Madrid".

And despite movement regarding Benzema's involvement in the case, he believes a call-up in the short-term future appears to be a long shot.

"I have always said that Hatem's talent is on the same level as [Lionel] Messi's". "I don't need to see what he does with France, only what he does in the Champions League".

"When he joined Nice, he showed that he wanted to make a difference and that he wanted to be with the ball". It is a bit of a mess for him. After that, there is his age, though. It's been more than two and a half years, it doesn't take much to understand what is going on.

Karim Benzema does not think he has a chance of ending his France exile as long as Didier Deschamps remains coach.

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