Benzema: I respect Mourinho's decision to play Higuain more

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has revealed that there was no discussion with Jose Mourinho over a lack of playing time, and insisted that he respects the coach’s decision to play Gonzalo Higuain more often.

The France international also dismissed speculation over a move to Paris Saint-Germain, whilst insisting that he would be open to the captaincy of the national team.

“It is true that I have less playing time than last year,” the 24-year-old told TF1’s Telefoot. “But I am someone who battles, and that’s from the beginning of my career.

“I will continue like this with the aim of playing more and scoring more.

“There was no discussion [with Mourinho]. I respect his choice [to play Higuain more]. When he calls me, I try to be decisive.

“I can finish my career at Real – it’s possible we’ll see. For now, I feel very comfortable here.”

Benzema sought to dismiss speculation about a move back to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, and also insisted that Samir Nasri should not be slated by the media and the general public so heavily.

“For now, I am at Real and I do not want to leave,” he said, when asked about the PSG rumours. “Paris invests in very good players like Thiago Silva and [Zlatan] Ibahimovic. But it takes time.

“They must first win the championship and they reach the last 16 of the Champions League to achieve the same level of the big clubs.

“Criticism is part of football. Sometimes it is more than unfair, I think. [In regards to] Nasri, we must leave him alone. We must give him our trust. I think he can still give good things to the Bleus. Because he has the ability.

“Captain of the French team? That’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m ready. But I do not make the call, but if the coach asked me, I’d say yes.”

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