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Karim Benzema: France career over as long as Didier Deschamps is coach

Karim Benzema: France career over as long as Didier Deschamps is coach

And now the former England worldwide has further angered the red half of Merseyside by revealing how he pleaded with Karim Benzema to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, as the Frenchman was one of Sir Alex Ferguson's top targets that year and signing him from Lyon would have prevented Owen from making his switch to Old Trafford.

And Benzema has felt the brunt of the Madrid fans' criticism this term having struggling in front of goal.

Benzema, meanwhile, has found the net 123 times in 251 La Liga outings since moving to Spain and is closing in on the 200-goal mark in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane's side.

Owen, though, has admitted that history could have been very different if Ferguson had had his way.

"I have no problems with any player in the France team".

"But I will handle it", said Deschamps.

KARIM BENZEMA has revealed how he was forced to call an hour-long meeting with former boss Jose Mourinho during their time at Real Madrid.

"I said what I had to say to him".

"I had the impression that it made him laugh".

Karim Benzema, who moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, shifted focus to his Madrid tenure saying that he did not imagine that he would stay at the club for so long.

Benzema has often worked in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, but he says he loves playing alongside him. "He is someone I respect, but he turned his back on me, it's hurtful". He likes to play with one touch of the ball.

Benzema was one of the most sought-after strikers in world football in 2009 after starring for Lyon and France. But it's been over two and a half years, you can't be stupid.

Benzema missed Euro 2016 on home soil past year as a result of his continued exile and he appears unlikely to earn a recall with les Bleus in time for the 2018 World Cup.