Even before the case of Karim Benzema, who should be selected for the Euro in June, Didier Deschamps has several times recalled players with whom he had differences since he was coach of France.
Since he has been at the head of the France team, Didier Deschamps has always stood out for his pragmatism, which led him to the title of world champion in 2018. Guided by sporting logic, he should thus recall Karim Benzema for the Euro, this summer (from June 11 to July 11), after five years of quarrel. In the past, the coach had already known how to forgive several players with whom he was cold.
The latest case is that of Adrien Rabiot. The Juventus Turin midfielder had become persona non grata at Clairefontaine in 2018, after announcing by email to Deschamps that he did not wish to make himself available to the France team for the World Cup, for which he was selected as reservist. His failed performance in 2017 in Bulgaria, where he complained about the weather conditions, was also singled out.
Rabiot, the other comeback for the Euro
Finally, Rabiot was recalled by Deschamps two years later, for a League of Nations match, for a match in Portugal. “It happened what happened, said the boss of the Blues. We can not go back, neither us nor him. You know me: I do not like to take radical positions. remained selectable and I made the decision to bring him back. ” Today, the former PSG can even aspire to a starting place at the Euro.
Before him, André-Pierre Gignac had already found himself in the group for Euro 2016, even though he was playing in Mexico and had conflicting relations with Deschamps. When the two men were defending the Marseille colors, they had fought violently after a defeat in the Champions League against Olympiakos. The club then spoke of an “inappropriate reaction” from his striker.
Ben Arfa, from skidding to selection
Didier Deschamps did not hold it against André-Pierre Gignac, summoning him in 2014, when he had not known the slightest selection under Laurent Blanc. During his period at the head of OM, the 1998 world champion was also the target of a skid from Hatem Ben Arfa, who allegedly said that he “broke his balls”. No resentment: in 2015, Ben Arfa was back in the jersey of the Blues, before being a reserve for the Euro.
For Karim Benzema, it is a media release in a Spanish media, where he had declared that Deschamps had yielded “under the pressure of a racist part of France” by not selecting him for Euro 2016, which had led to this putting in the closet. Water has visibly flowed under the bridges, since the Real Madrid striker should lead the Blues attack this summer.