Benzema spoke in his first interview with the Spanish newspaper “Marca”, after his return to the France squad for the first time since 2015, conducted by the widespread newspaper at the French national team headquarters in Clairefontaine, about his return to the “roosters” squad and the departure of his coach and compatriot Zinedine Zidane from training the royal club and the return of the Italian Carlo Ancelotti and his relationship with Mbappe.
Benzema began the dialogue by talking about his great happiness to be back in the France squad after a long absence, saying: “I am very happy to play with France, and now that I am back for Euro 2020, I can only be proud, happy and excited to start the tournament.”
He added: “We are a very strong team in all lines, whether goalkeeper or defense, in the middle and in attack, with players in the best clubs in the world, so talking about the nomination of France to win is logical, but it is not said inside the camp. We know how strong we are, Although we have to show it.”
Regarding the reception of his colleagues, the Real Madrid striker indicated: “It was a special reception, of course, after that I focused on what was happening on the field, and I tried to enjoy what I love.”
Benzema scored 29 goals with Real Madrid in all competitions last season and has not participated in the French national team since 2015 in the wake of a blackmail scandal.
Benzema said in 2016 when coach Didier Deschamps dropped him from the squad for that year’s European Championship that the France coach had succumbed to pressure from “racists” in France.
Benzema, 33, scored 27 goals in 81 matches with the France national team, and will join the squad with the rest of the attackers Antoine Griezmann, Mbappe, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yender and Marcus Thuram.
On the nomination of France to win the title, he explained: “In modern football, I do not believe what is said about the clubs or teams that are candidates to win titles, all teams can beat you because everything is very close. What we have to do is to have a lot of confidence in ourselves and show that we are the best.” “We are in a very difficult group next to Portugal, Germany and Hungary, but there are no easy groups. It is true that it will also be special against Portugal because I will face Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe.”
Regarding his wishes for Mbappe to join Real Madrid, the club’s top scorer stressed: “Kilian is a young player of high quality and he is a good man. He will be welcomed at Real Madrid, of course, but any other team will sign him without hesitation. At the moment he has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain and we will see.” What he decides. Today our priority is to win the European Championship.”
Real Madrid led by Ancelotti
On his expectations for Real Madrid with Ancelotti next season, Benzema said: “If we look at last season, we competed in the League until the last round and we were very close to winning the title. An injury and we didn’t have the whole team, so it was difficult.”
“Now, if the club sees that the ranks have to be strengthened, they can do that, but the goal is to improve every year to win titles and we can do that, we must do it. David Alaba has already joined and he is a very good player, he played eight or nine years with Bayern Munich, won many titles and it is an important deal.”
Benzema reveals Zidane’s fate with Real Madrid
On Ancelotti’s return to lead the team, Benzema said: “Ancelotti’s return is good news because we all know him, players and fans, he is a wonderful coach. I like his philosophy of playing, how he sees football, how he manages the group and how he leads the team, as he wants to win all titles.”
He continued, “As for Zidane’s departure, it was a surprise to everyone, and not only to me. He always acted with me like an older brother. Because I have known him for a long time and he has helped me a lot on and off the field. It was a difficult decision for everyone. Now we have another coach and we will try to succeed again.” .