– Karim Benzema is poised for a return to the French national team this summer
– Coach Didier Deschamps is considering naming the Real Madrid star in his squad for EURO 2020
– Benzema was frozen out of the national team in 2016 following his role in the sex tape scandal involving Valbuena
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Real Madrid in-form striker, Karim Benzema might be staging a return to the French national team for the Euro 2020 championship this summer.
The 33-year-old prolific goals scorer has been an outcast for about six years now following the alleged sex-tape scandal involving Mathieu Valbuena.
He was not part of the Les Bleus squad that won the FIFA World Cup three years ago in Russia but he is now being considered for the continental championship by the coach Didier Deschamps.
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The former Lyon attacker was accused of persuading Valbuena who currently plays for Olympiacos to co-operate with blackmailers, after threatening to release an intimate video in which he featured as reported by Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, L’Equipe claims the move will make the Deschamps make a U-turn on his decision over the striker for the first time in six years.
Further reports revealed that the multiple Champions League winner was approached by one of his childhood friends to play the role of an intermediary and convince Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers. Instead, Valbuena informed the police.
After the news broke, the forward was heavily criticised and the then-Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the former Lyon player had ‘no place’ in the national team.
Meanwhile, Benzema will go on trial from October 20 to 22 this year. He denies any wrongdoing and four other people will also stand trial in the case.
. earlier reported that Karim Benzema who is currently in great form for Spanish champions Real Madrid has landed himself in trouble as the Frenchman will be facing trial over a tape scandal involving Valbuena.
The incident happened five years ago in which Karim Benzema was reported to have tried to extort some money from an ex-France teammate over a video.
During that time, France were preparing to face Armenia in an international friendly match in which Karim Benzema was sent out of the squad because of the allegation to blackmail Valbuena.