Karim Benzema linked with France return at Tokyo Olympics

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could be in line for a shock return to the French national side for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The 33-year old has not represented Les Bleus since 2015 after being exiled by manager Didier Deschamps following his part in an alleged blackmail plot against teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

French international Mathieu Valbuena

However, according to an interview with his former agent Karim Djaziri with Le10 Sport, reported via Marca, the situation is not beyond reconciliation ahead of the rearranged Olympic Games this summer.

Why doesn’t Deschamps have Karim? It’s not possible to explain, as Didier loves football,” he said.

“Didier knows with Benzema involved, his team would be better and Karim knows who is responsible for his expulsion and that is Le Graët (FFF president).

“I called him (Le Graët) after Euro 2016 to ask about Benzema. I almost begged him, but he told me that the positions were irreconcilable.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema

“If Didier does not have Karim, it is because Le Graët does not allow it.

“But his international career is not over. Who doesn’t want to participate in the Olympics? If he wants to, he will go immediately if he can.”

Deschamps has been firm in his insistence over Benzema’s international absence, with the former Juventus midfielder claiming he would not be recalling Benzema in the near future.

France manager Didier Deschamps

However, the rules on participation in the Olympic Games are different, with French U21 coach Sylvian Ripoll taking charge of the team in Japan.

Rules on selection allows for three players over the age of 23 to be selected in the squad, with Benzema potentially picked as an over age option.

Prior to his removal from the French set up, Benzema established himself as one of the most consistent goal scorers to wear the famous blue jersey with 27 international goals.

 

Tags Didier Deschamps France Karim Benzema

2 Comments

  1. Naziru Ibrahim sai'du says:

    Really france football team needs intelligent striker like kareem

  2. Svengo says:

    Karim Benzema is not barred from the French squad because of thé sex tape allégation.
    Deschamps said a few days ago that “he cannot forgive” what happened to HIM. He never mentioned the sex tape.
    And what happened to HIM is that is house was tagged “racist” AFTER he decided to ban Benzena from the world cup which is totally unfair as Benzema said he didn’t believe Deschamps is racist.
    Deschamps banned Benzema because he bowed under the pressure of thousands of racist french fans who wanted him out of the team.
    All in all Benzema has been kicked out for something he didn’t do.
    There are more racists today in France than in Germany in 1936.

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