Zidane reiterates Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are not match fit

Eden Hazard has scored only one goal for Real Madrid this season but played well against Real Betis on Saturday

Eden Hazard has scored only one goal for Real Madrid this season but played well against Real Betis on Saturday. More

Zinedine Zidane has said Karim Benzema deserves to be recalled for France after the striker's absence from the national team continued on Thursday when the latest squad was announced.

The Madrid frontman has not featured at global level since he was allegedly involved in a plot to blackmail his then-France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

Coach Didier Deschamps has maintained Benzema's omission is in the best interests of the French squad, who won last year's World Cup without him.

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"He's always wanted to play for the French side", Zidane told a news conference.

Bale and James haven't played for Los Blancos in recent weeks but are set to jet off with their countries during the upcoming worldwide break. "They are not injured, they're not available". They're not available because they have not trained with the group.

"They're going to go off with their national teams and then they five or six days. we'll see if they're ready to play with their national teams". I'm not saying they can or cannot play for Colombia or Wales.

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Leonardo's comments on Mbappe.

"I will say it again if I want to".

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