8:27 p.m., November 29, 2022modified to
8:43 p.m., November 29, 2022
A rumor and then goes away. The crazy idea of a probable return of Karim Benzema to the France team during the 2022 World Cup seems less and less likely. An announcement effect discussed on the program “Europe 1 Sport” (every evening from 7:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and which was not unanimous.
The rumor lasted barely 24 hours. Karim Benzema will probably not return to the France team despite the latest news reporting a rapid recovery for the French striker. Tuesday morning, at a press conference, Didier Deschamps was asked about this potential return, a rumor that had emerged Monday evening in the Spanish press. The national coach was categorical, he does not envisage the return of “KB9” with the Blues group for the 2022 World Cup.
Reached by telephone from Doha, the head of the sport department of Europe 1 Jean-François Pérès certified in the program Europe 1 Sports that “this announcement actually had no basis” and that it had “never been confirmed by the Benzema clan”. But on the contrary, what may also surprise is the silence of the clan of the star of Real Madrid. Because indeed, Karim Benzema has never denied this rumor.
A situation that questions Aline Riera for whom the Ballon d’Or 2022 is “always on the razor’s edge with her communication.” Another guest ofEurope 1 Sports, Eric Huet evokes a possible “anger towards the France team”, whose staff never ceases to declare in the press that “the group is living well”. A spade launched towards Benzema who would have left the group of Blues without saying goodbye (except to Marcus Thuram)?
As a reminder, the tricolor striker had left his international teammates on November 20, the day after his injury which occurred during training with the France team which therefore deprived him of the World Cup in Qatar. A sudden departure that would not have been appreciated by all. “He left the group without saying goodbye to anyone, and we saw no message of congratulations during the qualification of the Blues for the eighth”, confirmed Olivier Tallaron in Europe 1 Sportsbefore continuing: “Since he has his Golden Ball, he falls back into his ways.”
It therefore seems unthinkable to see Karim Benzema again in the tricolor jersey during the 2022 World Cup, especially since the striker would have packed his bags on the island of Reunion to spend a few days of vacation there.