Deschamps discloses insider knowledge on the Benzema controversy

After almost three months of silence, French national team coach Didier Deschamps has spoken out to defend himself against accusations of favoring veteran players in the locker room and excluding Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema from the national team for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Benzema’s retirement from international play has caused outrage on social media and in the international press, with some alleging that his exclusion from the team was due to racism against people of Algerian origin. In a recent interview, Deschamps denied these allegations and claimed that he had wanted to include Benzema in the team, but that Benzema’s injuries and lack of fitness prevented him from doing so. He also denied any personal animosity between him and Benzema, and expressed his respect for the player’s decision to retire from international play.