Karim Benzema looks like he is still angry after he was left out of the France Euro 2016 squad due to off field issues with French teammate Matthieu Valbuena.
Benzema has scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for his country but will not take part at the championship finals on home soil this summer after being suspended by the French Football Federation in December.
Deschamps gave his backing to the decision, something Benzema has criticised in an interview with Spanish newspaper, claiming it had more to do with his north African roots than the case involving Valbuena.
“He [Deschamps] has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France,” said Benzema, who scored 29 goals for Real Madrid last season as the Spanish club finished second in La Liga and won the champions league. “He has to know that in France the extremist party reached the second round in the last two elections.
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“I do not know, therefore, whether it is a decision only for Didier because I’ve gotten along with him, with the president, everyone. I do not have a problem with anyone. I am with France and wish them well.”
Benzema’s comments follows those made by Eric Cantona in an interview with the British press, during which the former Manchester United forward questioned Deschamps’s decision to leave not only Benzema out of France’s Euro 2016 squad but also Hatem Ben Arfa, suggesting his one-time international colleague may have done so because both players have north Africa heritage.