Real Madrid news

Benzema expects to get chance under Mourinho

September 24, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is confident he will get a chance to shine at the Santiago Bernabeu and has dismissed reports he is having problems with new manager Jose Mourinho.

Karim Benzema celebrates his first goal of the season for Real Madrid
GettyImagesKarim Benzema celebrates his first goal of the season for Real Madrid

Benzema joined Real from Lyon in €35 million deal last summer but struggled to make an impression in his first season in Spanish football. He subsequently lost his place in the France squad for the 2010 World Cup and was criticised for his attitude in training.

However, the pacy striker came off the Real bench to score his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Espanyol and now expects to be part of Mourinho's plans at los Blancos for the rest of the season.

"We are talking a lot together. Really I have no problem with him," the 22-year-old told French newspaper L'Equipe. "I know he likes me and he relies on me.

"During training sessions, he's always breathing down my neck, for me to give my very best. He is very demanding and to me it is a good sign. That means he counts on me.

"Frankly, I feel fine both mentally and physically. I am convinced my turn will come. It is up to me to be decisive when I get an opportunity. Even with just a few minutes."

Mourinho has revealed he is happy with Benzema's progress in recent weeks.

"I'm enjoying his play more," Mourinho said. "At this time, he deserves more minutes than I'm giving him. I have a lot more confidence than I had in him a month ago."