Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao- Spanish Liga Santander - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - 18/03/17 Athletic Bilbao's Mikel Balenziaga and Yeray Alvarez and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in action. (REUTERS/Vincent West)
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PARIS: For Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is indispensable.For France, he is disposable.The most talented French striker of his generation, Benzema has not featured for the national team since October 2015 . Benzema has missed France's last 20 games. Deschamps and French federation president Noel Le Graet have publicly opened the door for the striker's return, but it looks like Deschamps has no intention of calling him back into a squad that performs well without him.To Deschamps' defense, Benzema did not help his case with clumsy communication.In an interview with Spanish sports newspaper Marca last June, Benzema, who is of Algerian descent, said he did not believe Deschamps was a racist, but that he bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France.
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