Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema fed up with France snub

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"What I would like at least is to have a discussion with the manager, for him to tell me what he is thinking".

For some reason the 29-year-old Frenchman thinks the best way to secure a new deal is to make subtle digs at team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I'm not going to pick you.' At the time, I was very disappointed, I didn't need explanations.

After receiving his first call-up to the French senior squad this month, his aim now is to nail a permanent spot in Didier Deschamp's side before the 2018 Wold Cup finals in Russian Federation.

He has become the subject of intense speculation regarding big-money moves, with the likes of United and Real Madrid said to be closely monitoring his situation.

"Given what I've done at Madrid for eight years now, I think I've proven that I still had a lot of years ahead of me in the France team". "I have paid. I've been out of the French team for a year and a half, that's enough".

The striker was forced to watch Euro 2016 from the side-lines as France finished runners-up although Deschamps, as well as FFF president Noel Le Graet, have both publicly opened the door for the striker's return. "It's hard for me because I love football". The last time that I spoke to the manager on the phone, it was way before the Euros.

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In December, a French court rejected Benzema's request to have the investigation into his alleged involvement in the sex-tape case dropped, with it likely to go to trial later this year.

"I find it unfair and demand an explanation as to why I am not called up", Benzema continued.

"I'm making sporting choices, for the sake of the French team", Deschamps said this week.

Benzema reiterated his comments on Wednesday during his radio interview: "I can't regret these words, because it's true", the forward said.

The case is still ongoing, with Deschamps clearly still anxious Benzema's recall would prove divisive. He accused the France coach of giving in to pressure from racists by deciding not to include him in the squad for the European Championship.