‘Nobody put political pressure so that Benzema did not go to the national team’

The decision of Deschamps not to summon Benzema with the national team after uncovering in France the ‘case Valbuena‘He has been a hot topic in French football since 2016, when the coach left the Real Madrid striker out.

The former president of the French Republic spoke about this issue in L’Equipe, François Hollande, which made it clear that no one from the Government pressured Deschamps so that he would not summon Benzema. “Political pressure in Benzema’s decision? No more than that of the Minister of Sports or Manuel Valls. Nobody put pressure on it. I told the members of the government: you can have your point of view on this, but the only possible line is for the coach to decide, ”said Hollande.

The former president of the French Republic added on this matter that “and it is Deschamps who chose other players for the calls and did not take Benzema for reasons that were purely sporting, it is true. Benzema He is a great footballer and you just have to see what he does at Real Madrid. But I will not go into that story. The process has not finished. I will only say that Benzema is a great footballer ”, he sentenced Hollande.