It’s been an issue that has rumbled on since 2015 yet Karim Benzema is still considered persona non grata within Didier Deschamps’ French setup, and Antoine Griezmann for one believes the team is missing the centre-forward.
Deschamps claimed leaving Benzema out was for the good of squad harmony, however this sentiment is not shared by the new poster boy of French football.
Atletico Madrid’s superstar has made clear the qualities his former international teammate possesses and how they would help.
“France misses him because he is a great player and it is easy to connect with him on and off the pitch,” he told a reporter from Le Monde.
The president of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, has refused to become embroiled in the issue as he claims it isn’t related to the federation.
In an interview with RMC, he told reporters how the Real Madrid’s striker’s absence had nothing at all to do with the organisation, rather just the coach himself.
“Here there is an error, the Federation has not sanctioned Benzema and as far as we are concerned he is eligible for selection – I don’t want to punish people forever, I personally think the case has gone on too long.”
The court case surrounding events involving the 28-year-old and Mathieu Valbuena continues and on October 14 the investigating chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal will decide whether or not to accept an appeal launched by Benzema.
This appeal was to denounce the ruling of disloyalty in the criminal investigations and if it is successful the forward can no longer be accused as a collaborator in an attempt to blackmail the current Lyon winger.