French federation president closes door to Karim Benzema’s return

French federation president closes door to Karim Benzema’s return

Karim Benzema's hopes of resurrecting his France career have suffered a serious blow after the French Football Federation's (FFF) president said the Real Madrid star is "finished" on the worldwide stage. "I believe that it's over for him with Les Bleus, especially since he may have been less fit for some time", Le Graet said.

Benzema has been frozen out of the worldwide set-up ever since a blackmail scandal that implicated him and fellow France player Mathias Valbuena broke in 2015.

"The Valbuena-Benzema affair had another episode last week, but it is still not over", Le Graet told Ouest-France.

"It's been three or four years".

Le Graet had said in an interview with French newspapers that the 30-year-old Benzema's time with Les Bleus "was finished".

And Benzema, who has 81 caps for his country, took to Twitter to reply to Le Graet's comments.

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Benzema also also retweeted a post from his former agent that said: "Noel already put an end to Benzema's global career, he said it in June, and now another time". Do you feel guilty about something?

The player himself also spoke out, calling on Le Graet to "forget" about him at a time when France should be celebrating.

"I have nothing against Karim, he has always behaved well in the (national) team".

"Monsieur Le Graet, I ask you to forget about me." the Real Madrid striker, who has not played for France since 2015, tweeted.

Benzema, 30, missed France's World Cup triumph at Russian Federation 2018 and Le Graet said in an interview with French newspaper Ouest-France that he did not expect him to represent his country again.

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