Didier Deschamps publicly revealed the features of the controversial exclusion of Karim Benzema from the 2022 World Cup. In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper, the French coach confirmed that the Real Madrid striker did not have the physical conditions to compete in the competition.
It must be remembered that Benzema arrived at the training camp injured, after playing just 26 minutes against Celtic on November 2: “Karim was included on November 14. He, like Varane, was not in a position to start at 100% in the first match against Australia.” When he was injured, our doctor took him to Aspetar for an MRI scan. Karim referred the results to a doctor in Madrid. When he returned to the hotel after midnight, he joined me with Karim and our doctor.”
“Our doctor’s diagnosis coincided with the doctor’s in Madrid. He told me, “He’s dead.” In the best-case scenario, he can only return to training on December 10th. We were together for about 20 minutes. When I left him, I said: Karim, there is no need to rush. You organize your return with the team manager. When I woke up, I realized that he was already gone. It’s your decision, which I understand and respect,” explained the France coach.
Karim Benzema returned to action on December 15, for a friendly match against Real Madrid: “He played 30 minutes in a training match. Do you think he can be compared to the strength of a World Cup semi-finalist? Despite his talent and his stature, can you imagine him coming back at the last minute?” Karim himself He told me he wouldn’t be up to it.”
′′ No player was happy with Karim’s departure, he knows too. After the World Cup, I had a conversation with Karim and asked him if he was available to come back. Lee confirmed his decision to end his international career. Do not ask me what his arguments are, it is up to him to clarify them or not », concludes Didier Deschamps.
Benzema responds on social media
For the rest and on social media, Benzema’s response to this interview given by the 54-year-old French coach wasn’t cute at all. First, the Real Madrid striker shared a photo of the interview and wrote “what audacity” over it, accompanied by a clown emoji.
But Karim didn’t stop there. In the following post, Benzema shared a famous video in which the phrase “Liar, you’re a liar” was said several times. To leave no room for doubt, he added: “Saint Didier… good night.”
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