Karim Benzema not expecting France recall

Karim Benzema not expecting France recall


Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema believes he will not feature in a France shirt again until Didier Deschamps reign as coach comes to an end.

Benzema has not featured for his country since 2015, when he was charged in relation to a connection involving a sex tape which targeted Mathieu Valbuena.

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.

“It could be that [the sex tape scandal], of course,” Benzema told Canal+.

“There were stories before, with the sex tape affair, and that could be it, but personally, what is outside sports should be left it out.

“Everybody has gotten involved and we have forgotten football. It’s been two years that I’ve not been playing [for France].

“I don’t have any problem with the coach, but as long as he’s here, I don’t think I’ll have a chance.

“It’s not a matter of calling or not calling. I got him on the phone before the Euros and there was no explanation from him.

“He’s someone I respect, but he showed me a lot of respect before and then turned his back on me – it’s hurtful.

“It’s complicated for me to be at the World Cup. Of course, I want to, don’t be silly. I’m a football lover and I like that pressure.

“I have no problems with any player in the France team. There are some that I come across and it’s always good to see them.

“I’m not a disrupter, but I have an image that is not good externally [away from the team].”