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Benzema’s relationship with France manager Deschamps ‘not good’ – report

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Karim Benzema was not part of the France national team setup that won the FIFA World Cup four years ago in Russia.

The centre-forward had not been considered for selection for Les Bleus for an extended period due to his involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail scandal.

However, the 34-year-old had recently made his comeback onto the international scene and helped France win the UEFA Nations League last year. And, he was expected to play a starring role at the World Cup, having won the Ballon d’Or earlier this year.

But a freak training injury right before the tournament saw him get ruled out of the mega-event in Qatar. Back at Real Madrid, Benzema has recovered fully and returned to training, while he even got some minutes in the friendly against Leganes.

It has sparked speculation about him being recalled to the France setup for the World Cup final considering that manager Didier Deschamps never replaced him from the squad.

However, when posed the question about the possibility, the Les Bleus boss was not keen to respond.

Amidst this L’Equipe (h/t AS) is reporting that Benzema’s relationship with the France manager, Deschamps, is not good.

The report indicates that the Les Bleus boss has not forgotten that Benzema did not thank him during his Ballon d’Or acceptance speech earlier this year. It is further suggested that the relationship had not been all too great prior to that as well.

It is also said that Benzema’s absence was not greatly felt by the France dressing room following his injury just before their World Cup opener.

France president Emmanuel Macron has sent out invitations to injured players to attend the World Cup final to support the national team. The likes of Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku and Benzema, among others, are believed to have received invitations.

However, at this point, there is no clarity on whether the Real Madrid captain will travel to Qatar even though the club would be happy to let him make the trip.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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