France failed to become the first-ever national team to defend the FIFA World Cup since Brazil achieved the feat in 1962, as they lost to Argentina in the final on Sunday evening.
It was a disappointing performance from Didier Deschamps’ side and on occasions, it almost looked like the game was being played between Kylian Mbappe and Argentina.
In fact, Les Bleus made such a dire start to the match that the manager was forced into withdrawing his main striker Olivier Giroud and starting winger Ousmane Dembele just 40 minutes into the contest.
In the aftermath, there have been questions asked about the French camp deciding to send Karim Benzema home after his injury.
Now, Melchor Ruiz of COPE is reporting that the decision to ask Benzema to leave the French national team camp was made by Deschamps himself even though he could have taken time to see if the striker can recover from the thigh injury he picked up.
Furthermore, the update from Melchor Ruiz also states that the Real Madrid superstar had, in fact, recovered five days after his injury, meaning that the striker could have been ready for France’s run in the knockout stages or possibly even a bit earlier than that.
But Deschamps made the call to ask Benzema to leave the national team camp and now reports suggest that the relationship between the two is completely ruptured.
The striker, who celebrates his 35th birthday today, is said to have cut off ties completely with the national team camp following his early departure from Qatar.
With the World Cup drama all behind though, Benzema will be focusing on staying fit and healthy for the second half of the season. Real Madrid will resume their campaign with a trip to Estadio Jose Zorrilla where they face Real Valladolid, with their captain expected to start.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.