Present at a press conference this Thursday in Clairefontaine, Raphaël Varane toured the news of the France team. The Real Madrid defender spoke about the return of his teammate in Spain, Karim Benzema.
Installed in Clairefontaine since Wednesday, the players of the France team will fall into the routine of preparing for major competitions. Among the rituals that accompany the weeks leading up to a Euro or a World Cup, press conferences are legion. And in this habit that sets in, a subject has been grafted like an old antiphon: the return of Karim Benzema to the Blues.
Raphaël Varane could not dodge questions about the new number 19 of the France team, which will play on June 2 its first match with the Blues in nearly six years. Present at a press conference this Thursday, Varane was therefore invited to comment on the presence in the list of 26 of his teammate at Real Madrid.
“For five or six years, I was in a bit of a difficult situation”
“You can imagine that I am very happy with his return and this is the case for many players in the group. We saw during the first hours at Clairefontaine that he gets along very well with a lot of players, that There is a good understanding, a good atmosphere. So it’s only positive, “explained Raphaël Varane.
Like Zinédine Zidane, the now ex-coach of Real, Varane was questioned about his possible participation in the process of returning Benzema to the Blues. “I played no role, I learned like you his selection during the announcement,” said the defender of the Blues (73 caps, 5 goals).
But if he played no role, Varane for a long time found himself in a “somewhat delicate situation. (…) I was between a friend and the coach with whom I made all my selections.” Varane and Benzema have also played 21 matches together for the France team, alongside the 286 jointly played for Real Madrid.
An 82nd selection for Benzema against Wales
The French defender has therefore already been able to measure the involvement of Benzema in Blue. And the lack that successive non-summons may have represented for several years. “Karim, of course the France team is something he has always had in his heart. He watched our matches, what was happening, he was always attentive to the life of the group and to all the matches that we played in his absence, ”explained Varane.
Next Wednesday, during the first preparatory match for the Euro against Wales, Benzema will therefore wear the jersey of the France team for the 82nd time, alongside Varane. If for all the French supporters, this image will be very special, for Varane, it will not change what the two players can experience for several seasons at Real. So now is the life of the France team.