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Benzema fires fresh shots at France manager over World Cup omission



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Karim Benzema’s retirement from International football last year was thought to be the final straw in his long and controversial time with the French National Team. The story did not end well for the striker as he hung his boots amidst a massive rift with National team manager Didier Deschamps.

However, Benzema is back in the news with a social media update targeted at Deschamps. The French striker did not shy away to respond to the manager’s tall lies in a recent interview where he justified his decision to send the striker home from the World Cup.

The 35-year-old came out on his official Instagram account yesterday over two posts to take a sly dig at his former manager. In his first update, he posted the words ‘What audacity’ with a clown emoji before posting ‘Holy Didier, goodnight’ in his second post.

His open rebellion against the French manager is completely warranted given the treatment he faced in the Qatar Word Cup and the coach’s desperate attempts to cover it up. In a recent interview with Le Parisien, Deschamps said,

“Karim was hurt because this World Cup meant a lot to him. He said to me, ‘It’s over.’ Our doctor’s diagnosis matched the one we gave him in Madrid. At best, his return to training could not intervene before December 10.

“When I left him, I told him: ‘Karim, there is no urgency. You organize your return with the team manager.’ When I woke up, I learned that he was gone. It was his decision, he won’t tell you otherwise, I understand and respect it.”

As things panned out, Benzema’s injury was far from as serious as the national team revealed. He was fit in time to take part in the knockout stages, but was still not brought back in by the manager.

France went on to lose the World Cup final to Lionel Messi’s Argentina. However, the story could have been different with a game-changer like Benzema in the team. Meanwhile, the striker is going through a purple patch at the club level and his future seems uncertain.

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Ancelotti talks Mendy, Vinicius, Gavi, Tobias, Brazil job ahead of Real Madrid vs Valladolid



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Real Madrid will be gunning to bounce back to winning ways when they lock horns with Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon.

Los Blancos were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona the last time they were in action. The result meant that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now fallen 12 points behind the Catalans in the La Liga title race.

The gap could widen to 15 points given that Barcelona are playing bottom-placed Elche later tonight. So, it becomes imperative for Real Madrid to make sure that there are no more slip-ups if they are to have any hope of pulling off a comeback in the title race.

Ahead of the game at the Bernabeu on Sunday, manager Ancelotti addressed the media, and discussed Ferland Mendy’s fitness situation as well his future amid links to the Brazil national team, among various other things.

On the state of the squad: “We are fine. The internationals are in good shape. We were unlucky to have Mendy injured but we are ready.”

On the speculations about his future and links to replacements: “I’m not surprised that there are these rumours. It doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t worry me. I’m just focused on fulfilling my duties with this club and with this team.

“I’m still here until Real Madrid allow me to stay here. I’m very well and I feel the affection of the president, the fans and the players. We have two months ahead of us and then hopefully we can continue.”

On others’ opinions on the job he is doing: “Everyone can say what they want. I know I have a contract and I want to fulfil it. I don’t know what might happen in the future.”

On the Brazil national team rumours: “The reality is that the Brazilian national team wants me and I love it and I’m very excited about it, but then I have to respect the contract I have and I want to fulfil it.”

On whether he will retire after the Real Madrid job: “No. I’m not thinking about it now.”

On the contract renewals: “The atmosphere at the moment is very calm and very focused on what we have to do. What is being talked about in the press is an outside issue. We hear it but it’s not an issue that worries us. The players know very well what they have to do.”

On whether Vinicius would be treated differently if he played for another club: “If my grandfather had wheels, he would be a cart. There have been problems with Vinicius, Gavi, we must respect the players.”

On Vinicius Tobias: “He is progressing very well and like the rest of the Castilla players we will have to talk about his future when the season is over.”

On injuries: “We have the same problems as in other teams. Mendy has not had a good season. We will replace him well as we did when he was out.”

On Brazil Federation president Ednaldo Rodrigues: “If he wants to talk to me I would love to meet and greet him.”

On Barcelona getting an extra day’s rest ahead of Copa semi-final: “I’m not surprised, it doesn’t bother me. They have an extra day but we have time to recover and there is no problem.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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