Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has criticized Karim Benzema’s continued exclusion from the France national team.
has said he can't understand why
doesn't play for France after the striker grabbed his brace and provided an assist inReal Madrid
's 3-1 win overCelta Vigo
in La Liga.
The win took Madrid to within three points of league leadersAtletico 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
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.