Benzema: Sex tape affair could be reason for France exile

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Benzema: Sex tape affair could be reason for France exile

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema admitted Sunday that he had no hope of playing at the World Cup next year as long as Didier Deschamps remains as France coach.

In 2009, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to strengthen United's attacking line by signing the promising French talent, Benzema, but the player chose to join Madrid, so Ferguson made a decision to sign Owen from Newcastle United.

Owen signed for Manchester United in 2009 on a free after his contract with Newcastle United ended.

It left Fergie scratching around for alternatives so he put in a call to Owen.

The 81-time capped worldwide generally ignores such insults and gets on with his work, but, speaking in an interview with Canal Plus France today, Benzema revealed that one instance of criticism aimed in his direction during his early years at the Bernabeu left him with no choice but to speak up.

Owen was signed by Ferguson on a free transfer.

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In it, he demanded to be shown more respect after Mourinho criticised the threat he posed in attack by suggesting it was like going hunting with a cat.

Benzema said it had been the cue for what had been "a good relationship" to begin showing strain.

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'It felt that he thought they were amusing and the truth is that if he was someone that I respected, then in that moment I lost my cool'. We had a meeting for an hour. "The most hard thing in Madrid is the pressure but with age, I have learned to stay calm".

Mourinho told reporters: "If I can't hunt with a dog, I will hunt with a cat". I'm shy but if you make fun of me, I'll be straight. "And when you speak your mind, it's true that things are always better".

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