Man United only signed Owen after missing out on Benzema

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The Real Madrid striker has not represented France since he was charged by police in 2015 in connection to an alleged blackmail attempt targeting Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape, a case which is yet to go to trial.

'I score goals, but when there's someone who scores 50 goals a season.' he said.

Benzema ended up trading Lyon for the Bernabeu in a £38 million deal and Owen got his move to Old Trafford, but has since been made an worldwide ambassador for Liverpool, which has infuriated the club's fanbase.

"It could be that, of course, there were stories before with the sex-tape affair and that could be it", he told Canal+.

"He impresses because he is young", Benzema said of the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

"I have no problems with any player in the France team". You mustn't be silly, though. "As long as Didier Deschamps is coach I will have no chance of returning to the French team". It's not a question of calling him or not.

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The 81-time capped worldwide generally ignores such insults and gets on with his work, but, speaking in an interview with Canal Plus France today, Benzema revealed that one instance of criticism aimed in his direction during his early years at the Bernabeu left him with no choice but to speak up. There are some that I come across and it's always good to see them. "He is someone I respect, but he turned his back on me, it's hurtful". Karim Benzema joined the Portuguese from Lyon in 2010, and the duo have been at the centre of Madrid's attack for years now.

"We get on well".

Goals are a problem at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Benzema as well as Cristiano Ronaldo struggling to find the net as they sit third in La Liga, eight points - and eight goals - adrift of rivals Barcelona.

"He is able to play one-touch football".

"(Ronaldo) is more selfish than me, but that's normal", the French worldwide was quoted saying by Spanish website Marca. He has such ambitions that he does everything to achieve them. When I make a run, he looks for me, we look for each other.

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