While the probable non-selection of Karim Benzema never ceases to question, Didier Deschamps has proven in the past that he knows how to forgive.
Two weeks before the announcement by Didier Deschamps of the list of 26 players selected for Euro 2021, the debate around Karim Benzema continues to parasitize the news of the France team. Very prominent with the Real Madrid, with goals in matches since the start of the season, the former Lyonnais does not lack support. Many football personalities like Christophe Dugarry, Arsène Wenger or Emmanuel Petit have clearly expressed themselves in favor of his selection.
However, it is unlikely that Karim Benzema is among the 26 names that Didier Deschamps will win against Marie Portolano and Nathalie Ianetta on May 18. Its benefits are obviously not in question. The Madrid striker may be awaiting the trial of the sextape blackmail case at the expense of Mathieu Valbuena, scheduled for next fall, only his remarks made in 2016 to explain his absence among the 23 players selected for Euro 2016 now seem to be able to explain its absence.
Deschamps knows how to show leniency
« Deschamps gave in under pressure from a racist part of France », He then confided to Brand. Remarks which had all the more shocked the tricolor coach as “racist” inscriptions had been painted on the house of his wife’s family in Concarneau. Since then, forgiveness from the French coach seems impossible.
The 1998 world champion has however shown leniency in the past. As evidenced by the recent return ofAdrien rabiot with the Blues and this while the former Parisian had refused the role of reservist to which Didier Deschamps had confined him before the 2018 World Cup. Layvin Kurzawa, if he has now disappeared from the radar because of his performance with PSG, had been summoned by Didier Deschamps despite his insults against the coach in a video. As for the legal troubles of KB9, the Bayonnais sometimes knows how to override it as evidenced by the presence of Kingsley Coman despite the domestic violence of which he was found guilty in 2017. So many examples that leave very little hope for Karim Benzema.