Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has not played for France since 2015, has now spoken about his fallout with Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps.
The Los Blancos attacker believes he is not playing for his national team because of his well-documented role in the sex tape scandal involving former national teammate Mathieu Valbuena, and feels he is unlikely to play for France again as long as Deschamps is in charge.
"It's a vague story. There was that sex tape affair, it was also because of that. Personally, what goes beyond sport you have to put to one side, you need the best to win trophies," Benzema said, according to ESPN.
"I don't have any problem in any case. You mustn't be silly, though. As long as Deschamps is the national team coach, I won't have a chance of coming back, that's what I think anyway.
"It's not a question of calling him or not. I had him on the telephone before the Euro. I respect him and I have always respected him.
"At the start, he showed me a lot of respect, then he turned his back on me just like that. It's hurtful."
Benzema has played 81 games for his national team, scoring 27 goals along the way.
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