Zinedine Zidane has given his strong support to the return of star striker Karim Benzema

Zinedine Zidane has given his strong support to the return of star striker Karim Benzema

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has given his strong support to the return of star striker Karim Benzema to the French national team.

The Real Madrid striker was recently suspended due to off the field issues. He faces an uncertain future as far as the national team goes. The French national team have been very strict on discipline over the last few years. After suffering immensely in back-to-back major tournaments, Didier Deschamps has taken this step in order to ensure that the players remain professional at the very top level. This, however, was not the case with Benzema while on international duty.

It was recently revealed that he played a role in blackmailing his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena. The 28-year-old striker is not the last French talent to have been barred from appearing for the national team. However, his absence will have a detrimental consequence on the results according to Zidane. Benzema has consistently maintained his innocence in the matter. He continues to deliver for the Spanish outfit. The former Lyon striker has turned out into one of the best centre forwards and he has effectively replaced Thierry Henry in the French national team. Doing well on the upcoming Euro 2016 is of great importance to France and Zidane has called for Benzema to be included in the squad once again.

"To respond clearly, no, France can't allow themselves to do without a player like Benzema. When you see his stats, what he does on the pitch, you don't want to do without a player like that when you have the possibility of having him in the team.With Madrid it would be difficult for me to do without a player like Karim.In addition to the goals he scores, he's just impressive at every level because he's able to link up with and play with everyone. Not everyone can do that," said Zidane.