Benzema: I won't go 10 years without scoring

The 25-year-old has gone 1,217 minutes without scoring for his country, but brushed off any doubts over his ability to find the back of the net

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says he is not overly concerned about his current goal drought for France, claiming “it will not last 10 years”.

The 25-year-old hasn’t found the back of the net for les Bleus for 1,217 minutes, but insists he knows that run will end sooner rather than later.

“It is true that it’s the longest period of my career without scoring, but it will not last 10 years,” Benzema told Sport.

“I have to keep working hard on my game and not give up, and I know I will reap the rewards. There are various types of number 9. There are those that don’t score so much, but that offer other things. I’m in that group.

“I don’t have it in my head to score, I have it in my head that my team must win. If I score, all the better. Although of course, it is better if I do score.”

The Real Madrid star also played down claims that he has a poor attitude, insisting he has an unrelenting appetite to play football.

“For me, an attitude problem is not wanting to enter the field of play,” he continued.

“Trust me, I want to play all time so I do not have a bad attitude.

“I have to start to work defensively, but I know that above all my main job is to score goals. It’s not my job to run all the way to Lloris’ area.

“However, I run 10 kilometres a game, and so feel that this criticism is undeserved. I run a lot.”

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