Deschamps joins in Benzema praise

France boss Didier Deschamps has joined Cristiano Ronaldo in his praise of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo claimed this week that Benzema was ‘the best forward in La Liga’ and Deschamps says he agrees with the Portuguese star.

“Karim is a player of great quality who sometimes goes through streaky patches but I’ve always considered him one of the leaders of our attack, even when he was lacking confidence.

“With that quality and getting a good run of games he will do even better as he’s a very important player,” he told Marca.

Deschamps also believes Benzema is the perfect partner for Ronaldo as the pair understand each other very well.

“They are different but both are very determined. Cristiano is more of an individual with more speed, although that doesn’t mean Karim is slow.

“Benzema can play in the middle or on the left, as he has done for me, and having improved his physical fitness he is beginning to impose himself at Madrid.

“There’s nobody better than Cristiano and if that’s what he said…”

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