French press sources have revealed that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been invited by the coach of the French national team, Didier Deschamps, to attend a tribute match against the Netherlands. This invitation is part of a larger effort to honor former players who have retired from the national team, including former captain Hugo Lloris and Raphael Varane. However, it’s unclear whether Benzema will attend the match, as there have been reported tensions between him and Deschamps.
According to a report in the French network “Telefoot,” Deschamps intends to honor these former players for their contributions to the national team, and is hoping they will attend the match against the Netherlands. This will be the runner-up world champion’s final match in the 2024 European Nations Cup qualifiers. However, Benzema is reportedly not planning to participate in the tribute, possibly due to ongoing tensions with Deschamps.
There have been reports of a “collective conspiracy” against Benzema leading up to the World Cup, with some suggesting that he was pressured to leave the field. However, Deschamps has denied these claims in recent interviews, saying that he did not force Benzema to leave the field and was surprised by his departure. He also claimed that Benzema was not physically fit to compete in the tournament due to his injury at the time.
The French coach’s attempt to reverse the situation was met with doubt, as reports suggest that there were tensions between the two in the Al-Duk camp in Doha. It is not known whether Benzema will attend the tribute match, but if he does, it would be an opportunity for him to make amends and show his appreciation for his former team.
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