Algeria-bound? Benzema asks to switch international allegiance following continued France snub
Algeria-bound? Benzema asks to switch international allegiance following continued France snub
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Algeria-bound? Benzema asks to switch international allegiance following continued France snub

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has waded into the conversation surrounding his international future following recent developments. 

The Frenchman hit back at France Football Federation president Noel Le Graet, who earlier claimed that the striker's international career with Le Bleus is over. 

Benzema has not played for the World Cup champions since their scandal with international teammate Mathieu Valbuena and was not in the squads for the Euro 2016 as well as the World Cup campaign in Russia. 

"Karim Benzema is a great player," Le Graet said on Saturday. "I have never placed his qualities in doubt. What's more, he's showing at Real Madrid that he is one of the best in his position.

"But the adventure with France is over for him."

The striker then took to his social media to respond to Graet, saying it's only him who can decide when his international career is over. 

"Noel, I thought you weren't going to interfere in the decisions of the coach," he wrote.

"Know that it's me and me only who will bring an end to my international career."

Benzema, whose parents are Algerian, further indicated he can prove all of them wrong if allowed to play for any of the countries he is eligible to play for. 

"If you think I've finished, let me play for one of the countries I'm eligible for and we'll see."

Benzema has scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for Les Bleus, despite having been in the cold since 2015. 

He is in good form for Real Madrid this campaign and has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances so far. 

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