Benzema deserves to play for France again, says Pires

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It has been five years since the forward played for the national team and the former winger believes it is time for him to be welcomed back to the squad.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema deserves another chance in the France squad, said Robert Pires.The 32-year-old has 81 caps and 27 goals to his name for Les Bleus but has not been with the team since October 2015.

In November that year, Benzema was arrested for playing a role in blackmailing his national teammate Mathieu Valbuena for a sex tape, but France’s highest court ruled in 2017 that the forward’s investigation was unfair.

Nonetheless, French coach Didier Deschamps has decided not to bring him back to the squad, and former winger Pires says it’s time for him to change his mind.

“This is a delicate question, which has created and continues to generate a lot of debate in France”, he declared. AS.

“I’m not really interested in what happened between him and [Mathieu] Valbuena, but considering everything he’s done and achieved at Real Madrid, he sure deserves a call from France.

“He’s one of the best strikers in Europe. But [France boss Didier] Deschamps has the last word.

In Benzema’s absence, Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has become the national team’s most valuable attacking asset, scoring 14 times in 36 appearances.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has already revealed his admiration for Mbappe, who has scored six goals and five assists in seven games this season.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a stint at the Santiago Bernabeu and Pires says he would benefit from doing so.

” Of course. I am French, I love Paris Saint-Germain and I would like him to stay in Ligue 1, ”he added.

“But if he wants to continue growing as a player, he should sign for Real Madrid. ”

Another rising star in France, Eduardo Camavinga, has also been heavily linked with a move since his breakthrough in Rennes in 2019.

But Pires believes it would be in the teenager’s best interests to stay put for a while before making the move to one of Europe’s top teams.

“He’s only 17, eh?” My opinion is that he should stay at Rennes for a few more years to continue to develop, then go to a top club like Madrid or Barça, or whatever he chooses, ”he added.

“It’s too early for him. If they can, Rennes should try to keep him.

Zidane has also been under pressure at Madrid, who have won just one of their last four games in all competitions before hosting Huesca on Saturday.

“I think it’s amazing that people are talking about a crisis and the end of an era where Real Madrid lose two games before the Clasico and then draw to the death against Borussia Monchengladbach,” Pires said. .

“I know there is a lot of pressure in Madrid, but the coach and the players need a calmer climate to do their jobs.

“Just because they’re in Madrid or Barcelona, ​​they can’t always beat everyone. If that was the case, football would be very boring. “

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