Benzema at the Olympics, no!


By: Manu Tournoux

Karim Benzema returning to the French team for the Paris Olympics? The idea is not to please everyone.

Karim Benzema back in the blue jersey stamped with the rooster, to lead an Olympic tricolor collective which will probably not be able to count on Kylian Mbappé, the idea has been able to gain ground these days while the person himself has made part of his enthusiasm for such a project. “ The Olympics? Why not, of course, it could be great », he got excited on Tuesday evening with L’Equipe.

Yes but there you have it, the liabilities are heavy between KB9 and the French team, the person himself having put an end to his international career at the end of a 2022 World Cup which he was unable to play, declared unfit in obscure conditions. “ I have the impression that the story is definitively over between Karim Benzema and any French teamblows this Wednesday evening on RMC Emmanuel Petit. I don't think the general public would understand. Karim Benzema's communication around him and especially the French team has been very bad for me in recent years. I would have liked to, but it's not possible… »

A level problem

Same story from Jérôme Rothen, who further develops his point of view on the question. “ History is broken with the France team. It was broken the first time, they fixed it and we saw what happened at the World Cup… » The former Monaco and PSG player also sees it as a level problem. “ Karim went to Saudi Arabia and I think it's not a championship that allows you to stay at the best level. With all the talent he has, even his club wasn't happy with his performances. For that alone, I don't see how he could be competitive to be in Thierry Henry's list. »

Jérôme Rothen insists on this point: “ The level will be raised and Karim is no longer at that level today. We saw it at the CAN, all the players who were in Saudi Arabia and came to the CAN were not at the level. » And to raise another possible concern for the cohesion of the Blues: “ Today, Didier is above the president of the federation, that's my feeling. So if Thierry wants to take Benzema, I think Didier will tell him: “Look, go with another name, but Karim leave him where he is. » »

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