Karim Benzema took to social media with a cryptic message saying he is “not interested” just two days ahead of France’s World Cup final showdown with Argentina.
Real Madrid striker Benzema was ruled out of Qatar 2022 on the eve of the tournament due to a thigh injury he aggravated in training.
There had been suggestions the reigning Ballon d’Or winner could link back up with the squad having recovered from the injury and returned to training with his club.
However, asked if Benzema could make a shock return ahead of Sunday’s final, France boss Didier Deschamps said: “I don’t want to answer you. It’s a stupid question.”
Further reports from Spain on Friday claimed Benzema was unhappy to have been sent home in the first place and did not take kindly to Deschamps’ latest comments.
The 34-year-old has now posted an ambiguous message on social media, simply translated as “I’m not interested”, accompanied by an explosion emoji.
Former Lyon striker Benzema has scored 37 goals in 97 appearances for France.
Les Bleus are aiming to become just the third side – and first since Brazil in 1962 – to retain the World Cup trophy after beating Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals to advance.
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