Arsene Wenger calls for return of Karim Benzema to France squad for Euro 2020
Because of his suspected participation in a scheme to threaten fellow teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a compromising video in which he appeared, the Real Madrid forward has not represented France since 2015.
It was revealed in March that the case would go to trial in October. Benzema maintains his innocence and refers to the six-year ordeal as a’masquerade.’
When the news first emerged, Benzema was widely panned, with then-Prime Minister Manuel Valls declaring that the former Lyon player had “no room” in the national team. Since then, the 33-year-old has not represented France.
Despite the surprising nature of the accusations, Wenger claimed that Benzema could no longer be left out of the national team.
‘Benzema’s non-call-up has little to do with the player’s quality,’ he told EFE.
‘Benzema, in my opinion, deserves to be called to the European Championship 100 percent.
‘He has the ability to play for any national team.’ He is unable to participate due to a personal and non-sporting problem.
‘He has been a starter for Real Madrid for more than ten years and has an outstanding record.’
Benzema is accused of acting as a go-between on behalf of a childhood friend in order to persuade Valbuena to meet with the blackmailers directly. Valbuena, on the other hand, notified the authorities.
Benzema has 28 goals in 41 appearances for Real Madrid this season, and is still considered one of Europe’s best strikers.
He has 81 caps and 27 goals for France since his debut in 2007.