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Benzema: Sex tape affair could be reason for France exile

13 November 2017

Benzema, at that time, was playing for Lyon and was one of the hottest striker's around coming off the back of two impressive campaigns in Ligue 1 that saw him net 37 times in 72 games.

"(I told him) I am a footballer, you are my coach and I respect you but you have to respect me also as a footballer.

He has since demanded explanations from Deschamps that have not been forthcoming, and with the France coach having recently extended his contract to 2020 after clinching a place at next summer's World Cup, Benzema, 29, is all but resigned to his worldwide exile being extended. "I'm a football player, you're my coach, I respect you, respect me as a player".

"It felt that he though they were amusing and the truth is that if he was someone that I respected, then in that moment I lost my cool".

In 2009, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to strengthen United's attacking line by signing the promising French talent, Benzema, but the player chose to join Madrid, so Ferguson made a decision to sign Owen from Newcastle United.

Speaking to Canal+, as quoted by Goal, Benzema said: "There are attackers who do not touch the ball during the match, and in the 87th minute they score and they are super happy".

"(Ronaldo) is more selfish than me, but that's normal", the French worldwide was quoted saying by Spanish website Marca. And it doesn't bother me.

"We forgot the athlete and what I can bring in".

Benzema also gave his opinion on the current situation of his former Lyon teammate Hatem Ben Arfa, who appears to have no future with PSG after being frozen out under Unai Emery. "That is not a political answer", he said. "I don't need to see what he does with France, only what he does in the Champions League". Today, he is back to zero again. I hope that he will bounce back. "Perhaps he is not motivated the same way that he was two years ago".

Benzema: Sex tape affair could be reason for France exile