Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who remains banished from the France national setup for four years running is not expected to get a call-up anytime soon. The player says he holds no grudges despite the snub. Benzema does not want to go crazy over the situation, preferring to make peace with it.
The Real Madrid has played in 81 games and scored 27 goals for France since making his debut in March 2007.He has not been called-up since August 2015 due to his alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail ex-Lyon footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex-tape.
Real Madrid were guilty of complacency as they struggled to see off the lowly Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend.
Benzema was the cream of the crop for the Spanish giants, tormenting the Vallecano defense on a regular basis and getting his name on the score sheet. He hobbled off the pitch towards the end of the match as he picked a slight injury to his ankle and is now a doubt for the World Club Cup starting this month.
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has admitted the pressure is growing on him to deliver more goals for the Spanish giants following the departure of former superstar teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 275 La Liga appearances in the famous all-white jersey before ending his nine year stint at the Bernabeu in July after completing a move to Italian giants Juventus.
Under the interim manager Santiago Solari, Real Madrid won their first match on Wednesday. In the match, Los Blancos defeated Melilla with the score 4-0 on their way in the first round of their Copa Del Rey match with 32 rounds. Karim Benzema started scoring in the match after 28 minutes of the starting of the game, and Marco Asensio doubled the benefits on the halftime stroke. For the visitors, Alvaro Odriozola made it three with 11 minutes left, which gave Solari a gentle opening to his spell as a temporary manager.
Cristo Gonzalez added the fourth strike in time to put together the misery of the host. Vinicius Junior was given a start to Solari, and the Brazilians rewarded his choice with two assists. A trip to North Africa to face Melilla in Copa Del Rey could not have been Solari’s first choice as Los Blanco’s temporary coach, but the Argentine would have been happy with what he saw. Melilla is one of a few autonomous Spanish cities based on the African mainland, and Madrid left a number of starring stars home after the resignation of former boss Julen Lopetegui.
After having shown his appearance as bound for the exit door in the past, the star striker Karim Benzema says he is quite happy managing the European champions. Benzema has successfully left behind the individual season, which was quite disappointing in order to become a best performer in Cristiano Ronaldo’s post at Real Madrid. The upbeat striker had looked weak in the last term as he managed to net only 5 La Liga goals and started facing speculation with regards to his future at Santiago Bernabeu. However, the starting goal in final win of Champions league over Liverpool and Julen Lopetegui was appointed as head coach has made the striker hopeful to make a significant role for himself in the 10th season.
As far as his interest for AC Milan is concerned, the 30 year old says he is highly focused to bounce back to be the best so as to be successful. Benzema says that one
needs to continue winning silverware as the goal is always to achieve victory here as a team. He would be looking at having a good season, especially after his last unsuccessful season and try hard to etch his name in the history books of the club. He could not imagine possessing all that he has, but the prime objective of joining the club is to achieve silverware, be successful and gain lot many things. He always knew he would have some hard seasons to deal with, but it’s insignificant as he is a part of the world’s best club and he is delighted to be there.
Former Real Madrid defender Pepe is set to move to the Premier League, based on latest reports. The Portuguese star could be a Wolverhampton Wanderers man if the move from Besiktas comes through as expected. The Portugal international moved last summer from Spain to Turkey, and could yet move again to England as the Premier League new boys want an experienced player to man their defence.
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The 2016 Euro’s qualifying matches have been taking place in these past few days and weeks with nations from all over the globe facing each other with hopes of advancing through the next stages of this international tournament. A number of friendly games are also being played as a way for managers to experiment with different combinations and formations of players for their respective teams.
France will be the hosts of the tournament which kicks off in 2 years and this means that they don’t have play matches like the rest of the nations in order to secure their qualifying spot, since they are the hosts they are automatically qualified. France has played a series of friendly matches so far against Spain and Serbia.
The French squad managed to claim a 1-0 victory against Spain and Karim Benzema did not hesitate in displaying his joy concerning their triumph against the team of Vicente del Bosque.
When the friendly match ended and France won, Benzema expressed his satisfaction about the victory as he told the media: “It’s good, it’s always nice to win against big teams, especially to do it with style, and we did it tonight. We went head to head with one of the best teams of the world, so it’s good for the French team and for our confidence. After the World Cup, we needed to start working again and play a big game. We work together, we’re a really good team and we just need to keep working.”
France would later go on to play Serbia in a game that finished in a 1-1 draw. Their next match is against Portugal as Karim Benzema will be playing against his Real Madrid teammate C.Ronaldo on October 11.
Everton recently brought in defender Muhamed Besic from Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros for a fee believed to be in the region of £ 4 million. Upon his arrival, Besic has claimed that he is ready to play in the Premier League. The Bosnia international was one of the standout players in the national teams World Cup campaign. Even though Bosnia failed to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup, Besic was one of the players who caught the eye with his impressive performances. He was exceptionally good in the match against Argentina.
After keeping both Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi quiet for most of the 90 minutes, Besic says that he can do the job over the course of a season in the Premier League. Much will be expected from Besic despite the player being just 20 years old. This is because of Everton’s fifth-place finish last season, while they could have even secure a top four spot had it not been for some indifferent performances towards the end of the campaign. After recently signing Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a permanent contract, there is a buzz around Everton going into the new campaign.
The player has signed a five-year contract with the Merseyside club and will be hoping to start on a regular basis straightaway.
“I must be honest, it was not as difficult as I thought it would be. You see always these good players (on TV) but it was my first time that I’d played against good teams. I think I did a good job. It was a great experience to play against Messi and Angel Di Maria but I think I did my job well. Was I nervous beforehand? No. Normally two or three hours before I am but in the game I was not nervous,” said Besic.
Some weeks ago the Frenchman Karim Benzema announced to the media that the former player of Real Madrid, Ronaldo Nazario de Lima is one of the idols that Benzema has in his football career and even confessed that he watches videos of the Brazilian before coming into a match on some occasions.
During Real Madrid’s match against Villareal, Benzema managed on scoring twice and he reached the 104 goals mark which is a huge milestone for the French forward as he reached the same number of goals for Real Madrid as his idol, Ronaldo.
“To catch up such a player is astonishing, there’s nothing else to say,” Benzema told reporters after Saturday’s match, as reported by RTL.fr. For me, he’s the best player in the history of football along with Zizou Zinedine Zidane. I’m very proud.”
At some point in time it seemed rather hard to believe that Benzema would be mentioned along the same lines as the Brazilian retired player Ronaldo as the Frenchman was struggling to make his presence felt with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka some years ago.
Benzema was being overshadowed and even overlooked on moments when Real Madrid signed new players but despite all the players that arrived to the Spanish capital, some just couldn’t keep up with the rest of the squad but Benzema continued making his presence felt and now has become one of the top goal-scorers of the team along with C.Ronaldo.
The former player of Lyon, Benzema praised the work that Zinedine Zidane is doing with the club which has helped them maintain a spot at the top of La Liga as they continue fighting with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
“Zizou is working well with the whole team, but it’s true that he and I talk a lot each day.Zidane is like my big brother. He advises me and makes me work specifically in front of goal. It works. Zidane recommended that I move a lot to the near post against Villarreal and that’s how I scored my first goal.”
Each week, each day new rumors involving possible transfer of certain players to another clubs is created and developed with some of those seeming more believable or plausible than others, one that has been consistently on the mouth of everyone is Karin Benzema to Arsenal.
Arsenal has enjoyed one of their best starts of seasons ever in the Premier League with Olivier Giroud turning himself into an indispensable figure for the team of Arsene Wenger but the question that emerges is, what happens if the Frenchman gets injured?
Arsene Wenger does not have someone at the same caliber as Giroud that can replace him if something was to go wrong with him at any point in the season. This is why Arsenal has been keeping close tabs on certain players that reinforce the team next year and Benzema is topping the list.
Karin Benzema is a regular starter for Real Madrid but that does not mean he is vital to the squad or to Carlo Ancelotti. The Spanish club are certainly able to cope against everything that is thrown at them even without Benzema in the team as the spotlight and the players that are becoming the heart and brain of the team are hands down C.Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Luis Suarez is going through a burst of success with Liverpool that has attracted the attention of a number of European clubs, but most recently Real Madrid. It is believed that Benzema is a scapegoat for Real Madrid in order to lure in Luis Suarez.
Benzema being offered to Arsenal as the Premier League club wants to have a back-up for Giroud meanwhile Real Madrid is hoping to create enough funds to sign the Uruguayan forward from Liverpool. Only time will tell if this actually happens or is nothing more than another rumor floating around.