Mbappe, who could make his worldwide debut for France against Luxembourg on Saturday, could find himself pairing up with Benzema next season at Real Madrid, with club president Florentino Perez doing little to deny speculation linking the youngster with a move to the Bernabeau earlier this week.
There's claims the situation has now become personal.
"I have to know", Benzema told RMC.
"I am very happy about the team right now, we're leading La Liga and we will be playing in the Champions League Quarterfinals, so yes, I'm happy", said Perez about how the team is performing lately.
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"Look at [Anthony] Martial, when you go to a big club, you have to adapt and discover something else".
"With France, the matches are high quality, and to play with the national team is a source of pride - when I'm not called up, I'm sad because I love football".
Benzema was booted out of the squad, along with Valbuena - the victim of alleged attempted blackmail - due to the scandal. It's been a year-and-a-half that I'm not in it any more. I am a man and I would like to have explanations, for someone to explain to me why I am not being selected. In an interview with Spanish sports newspaper Marca last June, Benzema, who is of Algerian descent, said he did not believe Deschamps was a racist, but that he bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France. If that were the case, I would have said so directly to the coach, because I'm a big boy. He said to me: "Karim, I am going to tell you something that won't make you happy, I am not selecting you". At least I would like to have a talk with the coach, so he could tell me whether it's because of this (case) or because of football.
Karim Benzema has demanded that Didier Deschamps explain to him why he is being continually overlooked for a place in the France national team, telling the French press "I have to know". I'm going to keep in my head that if they don't pick me for the moment, it's for football, it's that there are players that are better than me. "Every morning I wake up and ask the same question".