Thursday, 23 November, 2017

No WC for me: Benzema

Cristiano Ronaldo with physio Antonio Gaspar GETTY Cristiano Ronaldo with physio Antonio Gaspar
Lucia Summers | 13 November, 2017, 20:45

"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".

" Ronaldo and I, we get on well".

29-year-old Benzema has scored 183 goals for Real Madrid in 377 games, and his near-one goal in two record is something many players can only dream of.

Arsenal have also addressed their significant striker weakness over the summer, splashing out a club-record fee of £46.5m to acquire Alexandre Lacazette from Benzema's former employers Lyon.

"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".

Benzema concedes that his exile from the Les Blues setup is likely to continue for the foreseeable future but, with a World Cup year fast approaching, the former Lyon star has called on Deschamps to only focus on matters that take place on the field.

Michael Owen has revealed Manchester United attempted to sign Karim Benzema before bringing him to the club.

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"It's complicated for me to be at the World Cup".

"It felt that he though they were amusing and the truth is that if he was someone that I respected, then in that moment I lost my cool. The most hard thing in Madrid is the pressure but with age, I have learned to stay calm".

"I have no problems with any player in the France team".

He added: "After that, there were expressions and statements that were not necessarily well intended".

"He has a lot of confidence and when he touches the ball, something happens every time".

"In the end, his selfishness doesn't bother me, it is good for the team". Real Madrid will now play city rivals Atletico Madrid in a crunch Spanish league clash on Sunday.

"I wouldn't have gone to United if it wasn't for Benzema. He could have come to Real, and that would have been good".

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