The coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps, will announce this Tuesday, May 18 (8:20 p.m.) the list of 26 players selected for Euro 2021. According to the newspaper The Parisian, Karim Benzema, absent from the France team for five and a half years, should be included in this list.
Benzema: a return to the French team expected
The information has been looping since this morning. The newspaper The Parisian announced that, in all likelihood, the star striker of Real Madrid should appear in the list of 26 Blues for Euro 2021. Five years after his last selection, the French international would return by the front door to the Blues. He who had been dismissed by Didier Deschamps after the sextape affair in 2016. Since then, the coach has dodged questions around the 33-year-old player.
We must go back to October 8, 2015 to fall back on the last selection of Karim Benzema with the Blues. The attacker had even been the author of a double against Armenia (4-0). In an interview with RMC Sport in April, Karim Djaziri, the player’s former agent, ensured that a return was always possible as Deschamps had never called Benzema to tell him that he would no longer be selected one day. “If Didier has a problem with someone, he calls him and he fixes the problem. Especially with someone he knows, who would have disappointed him … Didier took over players who insulted his family. He apologized much worse to players, “he noted. Asked if Karim Benzema was ready to return to the Blues, Djaziri replied: “Yes, he has been ready for six years. He’s been waiting six years. He’s a player who loves football too much.”
Will Deschamps give Benzema a chance?
It is never too late to forgive. Meeting this Tuesday with his staff at the headquarters of the FFF, Didier Deschamps will carry out the last arbitrations and could record the reinstatement of the best French striker of the season, author of 29 goals and 8 assists in all competitions. An improbable decision as the relationship between the two men seems irreconcilable.
After five and a half years of absence, Karim Benzema is preparing to reconnect with the thread of his history with the France team, stopped with 81 selections and 27 goals. We still have to wait a few hours before the officialization of the one who has just received the UNFP trophy for the best French player abroad. His association with Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann is already making more than one salivate …