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'Fed Up' Benzema: Ask Benitez Why He Subs Me

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is currently the top goalscorer in Spain, but is "fed up" with the way manager Rafael Benitez continuously substitutes him.

Read: Benitez: Why I Took Benzema Off

The Frenchman has scored six goals in six La Liga games after missing the league opener, but has only managed to complete one those matches – ironically, it was the only fixture in which he didn't score.

When Benzema was brought off once again during the Madrid derby on Sunday, many fans were annoyed with Benitez, and the player also expressed his frustrations.

"Substitutions are what the coach decides, I'm just there to help my teammates," Benzema told AS.

"It's true I'm fed up of being taken off. I'm calm and will continue to work so I'm not always substituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.

"It's true that the electronic board always shows the No. 9. Ask Benitez why that is."

Read: Reports: List Of Ballon d'Or Contenders Leaked

Benitez wanted to secure the 1-0 lead and brought on defensive midfielder Mateo Kovacic to help do so, but Atletico Madrid scored anyway and secure an important draw.

Do you think Benzema's substitutions are a sign that Benitez is a defensive coach? Have your say in the comments section below.

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