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Zidane ‘can’t understand’ Benzema’s lack of France call-ups

Sat 20 March 2021 | 19:35

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has criticized Karim Benzema’s continued exclusion from the France national team.

Zinedine Zidane

has said he can't understand why

Karim Benzema

doesn't play for France after the striker grabbed his brace and provided an assist in

Real Madrid

's 3-1 win over

Celta Vigo

in La Liga.

The win took Madrid to within three points of league leaders

Atletico Madrid

, who have a game in hand over their city rivals.

"How can we understand why Karim doesn't go with the national team? There are many who don't understand it,"

Zidane said in his post-game press conference


"But it's better for me as coach of Madrid that he stays. He has done a great job for us."

Benzema's exclusion from the France national team in 2015 has stemmed from his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to blackmail former international teammate

Mathieu Valbuena

over a sex tape in which he appeared.

The 33-year-old striker has been an integral part of Zidane’s squad and has scored 23 goals in 32 games across all competitions.

source: SportMob