Olivier Giroud was invited to comment on the international retirement of Karim Benzema this Tuesday at Clairefontaine.
In the final of the defeat of the Blues in the final of the 2022 World Cup, Karim Benzema announced his decision to hang up the tricolor crampons. Not without causing trouble by seeming to incriminate the staff of the Blues as to his hasty departure from Qatar before the entry into the running of the France team in the competition.
Asked this Tuesday at Clairefontaine on the circumstances and contours of this international retirement, Olivier Giroud judged » shame to end like this “, according to words relayed in the evening by Europe 1. “ It’s his choice, we can’t put himself in his placehe added. Compared to everything he has done for the France team, in his club, in his career, I would have preferred him to be able to stop with a good final. It’s his decision. He was an important player for us. We all want to choose our outing, that it goes as well as possible. If he has made the choice to stop, it must be respected. He must have felt that he no longer wanted or could and that his story with the France team was over. »
« It’s a shame to end like this. It’s his choice. I would have preferred him to stop on a good final. We all want to leave on a good note. He was an important player. If he did This choice must be respected. pic.twitter.com/abyKRX4FO8
– Europe 1 Sport (@Europe1Sport1) March 21, 2023
As for the clash between Real Madrid’s attachment and coach Didier Deschamps since then, the AC Milan striker did not want to add to it. » It’s none of my business, I’m not going to comment on that. In any case, of course we were sad to see him leave like that at the World Cup, knowing that it was surely his last. Leaving on an injury hurts… »