FFF presidential candidate promises to bring Benzema back to France

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Michel Moulin, one of Noel Le Graet’s possible French FA successors, says he would insist the forward be recalled

A candidate for president of the French Football Federation (FFF) said he would demand the recall of Karim Benzema from the national team, despite the trial of the Real Madrid striker over a blackmail case involving a former France teammate .
Michel Moulin is one of the candidates vying for the outgoing Noel Le Graet, and he has promised he will work to restore the outcast Benzema to the France team.

The 33-year-old hasn’t appeared for Les Bleus since November 2015, when the last of his 81 caps was won.

Benzema is to be tried for his alleged involvement in Mathieu Valbuena’s attempt to blackmail a sex tape which allegedly features the Olympiakos star. The former Lyon striker is accused of trying to extort money from his fellow French international before a friendly against Armenia five years ago.

Benzema, who denies any wrongdoing, has been overlooked on international duty with France since the allegations were made against him, during which time Les Bleus became world champions after triumphing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

However, Moulin has now said he will ask manager Didier Deschamps to restore Benzema to his squad.

In an interview with Le Figaro, Said Moulin: “On the management of Karim Benzema, who is a great striker, Didier Deschamps, he is an employee of the FFF. If above him he is told to play Benzema, he has to make him play. ”

Benzema has regularly spoken out about the blackmail affair in recent years, the Frenchman accusing Valbuena of dragging his name “through the mud”.

He said The team in May 2017: “He said he wouldn’t have complained if he knew I was involved in the story. For over a year and a half I have been his worst enemy, a villain, a thug, I must be punished, dragged through the mud, my name and that of my family, in the mud.

« [Saying] I’m his enemy, I wanted to take money from him, he really has to stop inventing, it drives me crazy to continue lying. He just had to tell the truth about what really happened, and he wouldn’t have had it all. ”

Benzema has remained a prolific source of goals for Real Madrid, with 261 strikes in 533 appearances. He placed eighth in Goal 50 last November.

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