- November 2015. What is the Valbuena case and why does it splash Benzema?
Karim Benzema was outraged by the words of the president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët , in which he assured that the striker's career with his team has ended. The Real Madrid player, who has not re-dressed the bleu shirt since October 8, 2015, responded forcefully to the leader on his Twitter account.
"Noël, I thought you would not interfere with the coach's decisions. Keep in mind that it is me and only me who decides to end my international career. If you think it has ended, let me play with one of the countries for which I may be eligible and we'll see, "Benzema challenged.
Hours earlier, in an interview at RMC Sport , Le Graët had terminated Karim's international career, which has played 81 games - 27 goals - with his selection since Raymond Domenech made him debut in March 2007. "It's a very good player, I never questioned his qualities. In Real Madrid, he shows that he is one of the best players in his position. But the adventure with France is over, "said the president of the FFF.
The first to respond on Twitter was Benzema's agent, Karim Djaziri : "Didier Deschamps does not clearly position himself on Benzema. It is Le Graët who definitely closes the door of the national team. It must be remembered that Noël assured last year that Karim no longer I was fit and I was in decline. #Quiendecide. " One comment that was retweeted by the Real Madrid striker.
Since in 2015 he was involved in the 'Valbuena case', accused of extorting the midfielder Mathieu Valbuena with a video of a sexual nature, Benzema has not been summoned again by Didier Deschamps, being the most prominent absence of the bleus in his Eurocup in 2016 and at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where champions were proclaimed.
His coach at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane , a historical reference of the gala team, had assured that Benzema, a pichichi in the League, is the best player available to the bleus after scoring 9 goals in the first 13 days. After that comment, Deschamps interpreted that the white coach fulfilled "totally his role".
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