Karim Benzema reflects on how he lost respect for Jose Mourinho

Karim Benzema reflects on how he lost respect for Jose Mourinho”

"I thank Benzema because without him I would never have gone to Manchester United", he admitted to Canal+, as quoted by Goal.

Benzema says they had only one major dispute - and it centred on an extraordinary press conference given by Mourinho just weeks after he arrived at Madrid in 2010.

And that summer, Benzema was signed alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Kaka, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Raul Albiol and Esteban Garner.

Benzema, meanwhile, has found the net 123 times in 251 La Liga outings since moving to Spain and is closing in on the 200-goal mark in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane's side.

"I have no problems with any player in the France team".

Real Madrid star Benzema has been in the global wilderness since police charged him in connection to an alleged blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape in 2015.

"But I will handle it", said Deschamps.

Michael Owen has revealed Manchester United attempted to sign Karim Benzema before bringing him to the club. I respect him and I have always respected him. I respect you, so you must respect me as a footballer.

Benzema, at that time, was playing for Lyon and was one of the hottest striker's around coming off the back of two impressive campaigns in Ligue 1 that saw him net 37 times in 72 games. We met for an hour", Benzema continued, adding that he told Mourinho: "I am a footballer, you are my coach. I focus on the football.

Benzema concedes that his exile from the Les Blues setup is likely to continue for the foreseeable future but, with a World Cup year fast approaching, the former Lyon star has called on Deschamps to only focus on matters that take place on the field. It's been more than two and a half years, it doesn't take much to understand what is going on.

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