Karim Benzema’s hopes of resurrecting his France career have suffered a serious blow after the French Football Federation’s (FFF) president said the Real Madrid star is “finished” on the international stage.
A decision is expected in the case in early November, but it has been reported in the French media that it could be thrown out of court due to the involvement of an undercover police officer, who has been accused of incitement to commit the alleged offence.
“The Valbuena-Benzema affair had another episode last week, but it is still not over,” Le Graet told Ouest-France.
“I have nothing against Karim, he has always behaved well in the [national] team, but I think he is finished with Les Bleus, particularly as he has been out of form for a while.”
The forward is currently dealing with a hamstring injury that could keep him out of action through the first Clasico of the season, which is set for October 28.