Karim Benzema has not played for France in just over two years and it appears his international career is over but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes there is still a chance he can get his place back.
He is firmly of the opinion that French boss Didier Deschamps should bring the Real Madrid striker back to the fold as he would bring a new dimension to the team.
Benzema was excluded from the national team in October 2015 following the scandal that engulfed French football where he was charged by the authorities over an alleged attempt to blackmail his team-mate Matthieu Valbuena over a sex tape.
It meant Benzema was not selected for Euro 2016 and even though a French Court of Cassation decision went in his favour earlier this year, the striker was not given a recall after France confirmed their place for the World Cup next year.
The 29-year-old who has scored 27 goals for his country has been cleared to return by the French Football Federation and has got even more support from former Les Bleus striker Eric Cantona who agrees with Aulas saying Benzema should be reinstated.
However it looks as though Deschamps is not receptive to the idea calling the whole saga “boring” a few days ago.
Aulas was there to see Benzema make his way through the youth system at Lyon and still thinks Deschamps could change his mind.
“If I could be the intermediary with Deschamps (and Benzema) I would gladly do so,” he said to SFR Sport.
“But I feel that Didier is annoyed by this situation.
“I have never discussed it with him, but personally I think Karim can still bring a lot to French football.”
Benzema is back in action for Real Madrid this weekend and hope his performances can give Deschamps food for thought for Russia next summer.