Karim Benzema has reintegrated into the France team as if he had never left it. Very concerned with training, smiling outside, the striker was placed at the table of Antoine Griezmann, Raphaël Varane and Olivier Giroud.
Karim Benzema has returned to where it all ended for him: in Nice. The striker joined the city with the France team on Tuesday to play the first preparatory match for the Euro, this Wednesday against Wales (9:05 pm). It was at the Allianz Riviera that he played the last of his 81 matches in Blues (27 goals) on October 8, 2015 against Armenia (4-0) before being excluded from the selection for five years. and seven months.
He resumed the thread of his history by being recalled by Didier Deschamps in the list of 26 for the Euro. Since arriving at Clairefontaine last week, the Madrid star has regained his ease, as if he had never left. He diffuses his seriousness and his smiles in training. He also passed his exam at a press conference by throwing a “Thank you Didier!” at the request of a journalist.
In group life, everything seems fluid too. According to L’Equipe, the table plan of the staff of the France team placed him in the company of Raphaël Varane, his teammate at Real Madrid, but also Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris, Lucas Hernandez, Léo Dubois, Benjamin Pavard and Olivier Giroud, who joined the group on Tuesday evening with his Chelsea teammates (N’Golo Kanté and Kurt Zouma).
Benzema cleared the ground at a press conference
Often opposed by the supporters, Benzema and Giroud have already evolved together in the France team. During his absence, “KB9” had a little mocked the Chelsea striker by comparing it to a kart when he saw himself as an F1. Giroud was not offended and Benzema quickly cleared the field on his return to the selection.
“Olive, I saw him in the match against Chelsea, he explained in reference to the semi-final of the Champions League between Chelsea and Real Madrid. We spoke, quiet. He congratulated me on my goal. It was good spirit, it was cool. I’ve already played with him, now it’s going to be the same as before. “