Karim Benzema has declared himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign. The Real Madrid striker limped out of their final warm-up game against Bulgaria. The 33-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute of the 3-0 victory after going down under a challenge from opposition defender Ivan Turitsov.
WHAT’S BEEN SAID?
Deschamps made light of the seriousness of the injury post-match, and Benzema has now uncovered that he is now back in preparing in front of his nation’s first game at the European Championships on Tuesday.
“I’M GENERALLY EXCELLENT. I HAD THE OPTION TO CONTINUE PREPARING WITH THE GATHERING YESTERDAY,”
the Real Madrid striker told Telefoot. “There was no agony. I didn’t consider the way that I might have needed to relinquish the Euros.
“It was a major torment yet it was just a blow. It was not important to remain more minutes on the ground so as not to constrain it, so I chose to go out.
“We have an excellent clinical staff so everything was done rapidly. In the event that I continued preparing with the gathering yesterday, it is on the grounds that I have no distress, no torment.
“I FEEL BETTER, I WORKED IN THE REC CENTER SO I AM 100%.”
BENZEMA’S GLOBAL RECORD
Before Benzema was ousted from the France crew because of his supposed inclusion in a sex-tape embarrassment in 2015, the forward had played in 81 games for his nation, having been given his worldwide introduction eight years sooner while on Lyon’s books.
Benzema has 27 objectives to his name for Les Bleus, yet stalled out mentally on his return as Deschamps’ men beat Wales 3-0 in a cordial on June 2 preceding being removed rashly against Bulgaria on Tuesday.
BENZEMA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH MBAPPE
Benzema will be sharing the spotlight forthright for France with Paris Saint-Germain whiz Mbappe, who aided fire the group to brilliance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Madrid charm is appreciating working with the 22-year-old and says he is prepared to venture up for his country on the greatest stage indeed.
“I had seen him on TV and I had effectively played against him at club level,” Benzema said of Mbappe. “For his young age, he is now truly outstanding. I like playing with him a ton. I have loads of fun since he’s somebody who can have an effect whenever.
“He goes quick, he realizes how to play one-contact, he realizes how to win, he realizes how to do everything. It’s significant for the French group to have a player like him.
“THERE ARE CONSISTENTLY THINGS TO IMPROVE IN FOOTBALL, YET THE PRIMARY CONCERN INSIGNIFICANT GAMES IS TO BE THERE AND HAVE AN EFFECT.”