Deschamps open to Benzema France return

The Real Madrid striker was absent from the squad that reached the final of Euro 2016 in the summer, but his manager has not closed the door on a recall for the 28-year-old.

France's coach Didier Deschamps (L) consoles Karim Benzema after the team's 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY WORLD CUP) TOPCUP

France coach Didier Deschamps admits that Karim Benzema could be recalled to the national team, but he insists that the Real Madrid striker will only make a comeback if it is in the best interests of the national team.

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Benzema was not considered for selection at Euro 2016, where France reached the final on home soil, due to his alleged role in a blackmail attempt surrounding international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

The 28-year-old has not represented his country since October 2015, but Deschamps is open to including Benzema in future squads.

“There is no Benzema case for me. That is something the media have created,” Deschamps told beIN Sports.

“It is clear that he was an important player for France and then some things happened. Every time I take a decision, I look at what is best for the team and I will continue to make my decisions based on that principle.

“But that does not mean Benzema’s situation will still be the same in four or six months. There is a team that is doing well and has a common goal, but nothing is permanent.

“If I call up Benzema, it will be with the intention to play him. It is the same with Patrice Evra. I do not call up players like them to put them on the bench. They have a certain status with the national team.

“I can only repeat that I take decisions that I think are in the team’s best interest.”


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