“I don’t want to answer that. Next question”. That’s how direct Didier Deschamps was on Wednesday when asked if Karim Benzema would be present at the World Cup final. The France coach was not interested in talking about the Real Madrid striker, who left France’s training camp before the 2022 tournament and who, although he has not played a single minute in the World Cup, continues to appear in the squad. If France are crowned world champions on Sunday, Benzema will receive his medal.
The uncertainty two days before the final against Argentina is whether Benzema will travel to Qatar to watch the match in person. According to French outlet L’Équipe, the relationship between Deschamps and the striker is not good. The 54-year-old coach has not forgotten that, after giving a speech at the Ballon d’Or gala, Benzema did not thank him. The relationship has never been perfect.
Benzema has not yet confirmed his presence in Sunday’s final. Paul Pogba and Christoper Nkunku are planning to go to the stadium in Lusail to support the French national team. Benzema has been training in Madrid and has fully recovered from the quadriceps injury he suffered just before the start of the World Cup. It remains to be seen if he appears for the final between Argentina and France as Les Bleus look to retain the most coveted trophy in world football.