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Two France stars were happy with Benzema being sent home from the World Cup – report

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Tensions between Karim Benzema and France have been running high over the past few weeks, especially after the striker was sent home from Qatar prematurely for a minor injury. Now, the striker has seemingly cut all ties with the team to end the story.

Benzema announced his retirement from the French National Team yesterday, less than 24 hours after the team’s painful defeat to Argentina in the final of the World Cup. Many theories have come to the fore regarding the tensions between the parties, and Romain Molina has come out with some critical information on the same.

The journalist reports that Antoine Griezmann and Hugo Lloris were happy with Karim Benzema’s departure from the National Team camp just before the World Cup. Both players were against the striker’s return in the first place and celebrated his return.

The Atletico Madrid and Tottenham superstars considered themselves the leaders of the France team and were unhappy with Benzema being in the squad.

The Ballon d’Or winner worked hard to return to the National Team for the World Cup after missing the 2018 edition owing to his exile from the team. Moreover, he missed Real Madrid’s last two weeks before the tournament hoping to recuperate from his muscular setback.

After seemingly recovering just in time, Benzema suffered a thig injury in a training session and was sent home by the coach. He recovered in less than two weeks and was understandably unhappy about being excluded from Deschamps’ plans without a proper evaluation of his situation.

While announcing his retirement too, Benzema took a direct dig at the National Team setup and management by saying that he had tried his best.

“I made the effort and the mistakes it took to be where I am today and I’m proud of it! I wrote my story and ours ends.”

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann had a great tournament himself and undoubtedly benefited through Benzema’s absence as he had no direct competitor. He provided three assists in seven games in what was a historical run.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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