Zidane hails Benzema’s potential France return as ‘good news’

Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2020-21

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says it is “good news” that Karim Benzema may make a return to the French national team.

The Real Madrid star has since been excluded from the national team program withthe striker facing trial over a blackmail case relating to a sex tape said toinvolved formerFranceteam-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

As part of that case, Benzemais accused of trying to extort money from the Olympiacos starahead of a friendly against Armenia five years ago.

Michel Moulin, one of thecandidates running against incumbent FFF presidentNoel Le Graet, has promised that he would work to bringBenzema back to the France team.

And Zidane, who has offered his “complete support” to the striker amid his off-the-field issue, says he would look forward to seeing Benzema’s return.

“That Benzema can return to the France team is good news,” he said in a press conference on Wednesday.

ZIdane also spoke of another forward currently on the books at Real Madrid, Luka Jovic.

The striker is set to leave the Bernabeu on loan this month and return to former clubEintracht Frankfurt.

Jovic has scored just two goals in 32 appearances since moving to Real Madrid, but Zidane says he still believes the young striker can develop into a solid player.

“Jovic is a striker who scores goals, it is his characteristic,” he said. “He’s 21 years old, we understand only that. It’s what we want from him.

“He has had no luck, he has had difficulties, adaptation, injuries. At 21 it is not easy. You must learn from many things.”

Real Madrid are currently second in La Liga, trailing rivals Atletico Madrid by four points having also played two games more.

Before they return to league play, Zidane’s side will face Athletic Clubin the Supercopa de Espana semi-final on Thursday.

“When we do a little worse there are always criticisms, andit won’t change,” Zidane said.”In a season there are ups anddowns but we always try to do better, that is what we are going to try tomorrow.

Source : goal.com