Karim Benzema’s public war with Didier Deschamps continued after the France coach insisted it was an invitation for the striker to leave his squad for the 2022 World Cup early.
The Real Madrid star headed to Qatar as Ballon d’Or holders, but it was doubtful he would feature prominently in the tournament due to a series of injuries to his muscles and hips.
Shortly before the opening of the World Cup in France, it was announced that Benzema would have to completely withdraw from the squad as he would not be able to return to fitness in time. He was awarded the silver medal because he was not officially substituted into the 26-man squad, and he announced his retirement from international football one day after Argentina’s defeat in the final.
In a recent interview with Les ParisienneCoach Deschamps claimed that Benzema left the France squad of his own accord.
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“Karim was injured because this World Cup meant a lot to him… He told me, ‘It’s over,'” Deschamps said.
“Our doctor’s diagnosis matched the one we gave him in Madrid. At best, his return to training before December 10 could not have interfered. When I left him, I said to him: ‘Karim, there is no urgency.’ You organize your return with the team manager. When I woke up, I knew he was gone. It was his decision, and he wouldn’t tell you otherwise, and I understand and respect it.”
but, Benzema It seems that he did not agree with this version of events.
Benzema, in a post on his Instagram story, posted a picture of Deschamps, accompanied by a comment: “The audacity of this.” [clown emoji]! Holy Didier. Good afternoon.”
Benzema has always been at war with Deschamps. The striker was exiled from the French national team from 2016-2021 in part over his extortion case against former teammate Mathieu Valbuena, with Benzema claiming the coach ‘folded due to pressure from the racist element in France’.