After more than five years of absence, Karim Benzema will find the Blues at Clairefontaine this Wednesday. In an interview with L’Equipe, the Real Madrid striker recounts the meeting that sealed the reconciliation with Didier Deschamps. And how he learned of his return.
The descent of the car, under the lens of the cameras. The small steps to enter the castle. The door that opens, with the staff in the welcoming committee. For the first time since autumn 2015, Karim Benzema will find this Wednesday the ritual of arrival at Clairefontaine for a gathering of the France team. The Real Madrid striker (33 years old, 81 caps) is part of Didier Deschamps’ group for the Euro (June 11-July 11). A nice surprise born of the reconciliation between the two men, determined to put behind them the ruptures of the past.
“He explained it himself, we spoke to each other, it’s clear, says Karim Benzema in an interview with L’Equipe about his meeting with the coach of the Blues. We talked a lot and we got together. is said a lot of things. Things that we had to say to each other for a long time. It was a good explanation, with important words. Today, I am again selected for the France team, so it is is that the discussion went well … “
“After three minutes everything was back to normal”
A face-to-face interview, not by means of intermediaries. “It was really a quiet moment, explains Karim Benzema. We had not seen each other since my last selection, in 2015 … It did us good to discuss, exchange and see that we had a lot things to say to each other. I always got along well with him and, after three minutes, everything was back to normal. Even though it had been more than five years since we had crossed paths. “
“We talked about a lot of things, it was a long discussion between men, which will remain between us, adds the Madrilenian. We said a lot, a lot of things. We didn’t just talk about football, we talked everything: life, family … But at no time did he tell me: “You will be at the Euro.” The only thing I said to myself after this discussion is that we had taken a big step together, and that was positive. “
“A very big feeling of joy and pride”
So last Tuesday, Karim Benzema followed with particular attention the announcement of the list of 26 players selected for the Euro. “I was at home in Madrid, he confides. But since the morning, I have been receiving lots of messages! Everyone was waiting for 8.20 pm (laughs). The rumor had swelled, it was the event of the day . And I was waiting like everyone else, in front of the TV, and with all my relatives on the phone, my mother, my father … “
And his name has been mentioned by Didier Deschamps. “It was a very big feeling of joy and pride, says Karim Benzema. Very quickly, I thought back to all those moments when I had never let go. It was a little shock, it was a long time! from me there was a huge joy. I gave my daughter a little hug and then, immediately, everyone called me. ” The start of a new adventure. With a summer objective: to add the Euro with the France team to its monstrous record.