It’s been a little over a year since Karim Benzema returned to the France team, after six years of banishment. And here he is now adored like never before…
On June 2, 2021, during a preparation match for the Euro against Wales, Karim Benzema made a comeback in French team, nearly six years after being dismissed following the famous Valbuena affair and this intimate video blackmail. Between coach Didier Deschamps, the French Football Federation embodied by Noël Le Graët and the Real Madrid goleador, all is forgiven. At least on the front. And KB9 to be a true icon of the Blues from now on.
This return to the tricolor light, Adil Rami, ex-international crowned world champion in Russia in 2018, welcomes it. ” I talked about it very often because I had the impression of being an accomplice of a legend. For me, the story of Karim Benzema who does not return to the France team, it was going to become a legend. I didn’t want to be part of any of this », Says the defender of Estac in an interview with BFM Côte d’Azur.
“The best number 9 in the world”
And to deplore the embarrassing behavior observed here and there since then, and all those people who hastened to turn around with the return to favor of the former OL striker. ” I know Karim as a teammate and also as an opponent. I can say that it is really the best number 9 in the world. I was saying this long before everything is happening now. The problem is that everyone is going his way these days and there are a lot of hypocrites. »
In the end, Adil Rami says to himself ” glad to see him happy. I see him flourishing. He is a super important leader for the next World Cup “. A competition that will not be a cakewalk for the Blues according to him. ” We are still worried… We still have the title. There are adjustments to be made. It’s going to be complicated. There are a lot of young people. It’s a new era. We will have to adapt to the opponent. Everyone wants to hit the world champions. The guys opposite are not going to let go. Above all, we must not forget what made us win four years ago. Talent is one thing but you will have to accept suffering and fight for each other. If we forget that, we won’t get there. »