Benzema demanded respect from Mourinho in hour-long showdown


"Ferguson said that he wanted to sign Benzema and that I could only sign for Manchester United if he did not, which is what happened", Owen told press on Monday.

Benzema is in his ninth season at Real and his two goals in eight appearances across all competitions so far this term and he has now scored 183 times in 373 total outings for the reigning Spanish and European champions.

"As long as Deschamps is coach, I will not have the chance to return to the national team", he intimated. Even if he's someone I respect, after a while, I started to lose it.

Benzema, who is still exiled from the France team after he was charged by police in 2015 in connection to an alleged blackmail attempt involving countryman Mathieu Valbuena, also praised former Real manager, Jose Mourinho, who is now at Manchester United.

"So I was pleading with Benzema to go to Real Madrid, so thank you to him".

"I was told by Sir Alex Ferguson that "we want Benzema, but if Benzema doesn't come then you're coming".

"I may be timid but if you are going to laugh at me then I will react". "I love football, I love these tournaments". And it doesn't bother me. "It's good for Madrid". However, Benzema, who has gone up against Messi countless times in his career, believes that Paris Saint-Germain winger Hatem Ben Arfa is as talented as the 30-year-old.

"I have always said that Hatem's talent is on the same level as [Lionel] Messi's". "When I see him like this with PSG, I feel bad for him". Today, he is back to zero again. I hope that he will bounce back. "Perhaps he is not motivated the same way that he was two years ago".

As Deschamps' exile of the forward continues it has become abundantly clear that Real's main central striker will not be playing at the World Cup in Russian Federation.