French star Karim Benzema says he is the ‘happiest man in the world’ after being called up for Euro 2020.
‘I feel like the luckiest man in the world’: Karim Benzema opens up on France’s long-awaited return, ‘great coach’ Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid… and why he would welcome ‘immense’ Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu with open arms
Karim Benzema has revealed in an extensive interview his joy at his return to France, Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid and the ‘immense quality’ of international team-mate Kylian Mbappe.
The Los Blancos striker revealed his emotional reaction after French boss Didier Deschamps ended his six-year spell in the international wilderness by calling him up for the upcoming European Championship squad.
Benzema told Brand he felt he was the ‘luckiest man in the world’, admitted he was pleased with his club despite losing the LaLiga title to Atletico Madrid, and quoted his pleasure to be involved with his country again.
Karim Benzema has opened up on his return to France with new boss Carlo Ancelotti and Kylian Mbappe
The Real Madrid attacker has been called up for the French selection for the European Championship
He said, ‘I feel like the luckiest man in the world. For me, my family and football are happiest. I am happy in Madrid and I have returned with France to play the European Championship; I can only be proud, happy and excited to start the tournament.
“It’s a very, very strong team, from goalkeeper to midfield and attack, with players from the best clubs in the world. Talking about the favorite is more out of here – we know the strength we have in this team, if you have to show it.”
Benzema spoke from Clairefontaine and discussed Zinedine Zidane’s departure, Ancelotti left Everton to replace him at Bernabeu, and raved about Mbappe.
Ancelotti left Everton to return to Bernabeu to try to repeat the success of his first spell
Benzema also discussed the ‘immense quality’ of his international teammate Mbappe (above)
“It’s good news (Ancelotti is in), we know him well, players and fans. He’s a great trainer. I like his philosophy, how he sees football, how he leads the group and how he leads the team. And he wants to win all the titles.
“Of course it was a surprise to everyone, not just me (that Zidane left). Sure, he’s always been like a big brother to me. Because I have known him for a long time and he has helped me both on and off the field. It was a difficult decision for everyone. We have another coach and we are going to try to be successful again.
“Kylian is a young player with tremendous quality and he is a good boy. He would of course be welcome at Real Madrid, but what team wouldn’t want to sign him in an instant? Now he has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain and we’ll see what he decides. Our priority is to win the European Championship.’