"I told him what I had to say, which took an hour".
Benzema joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for a fee of €35million and has gone on to score 182 times in 377 games for the club.
Owen, though, has admitted that history could have been very different if Ferguson had had his way. As long as Deschamps is the national team coach, I won't have a chance of coming back, that's what I think anyway. "At Real, I score, but when the guy who is next to you scores 50 per season (you can not do much)".
"I don't have any problem in any case". I respect him and I have always respected him.
"It felt that he thought they were amusing and the truth is that if he was someone that I respected, then in that moment I lost my cool".
In 2009, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to strengthen United's attacking line by signing the promising French talent, Benzema, but the player chose to join Madrid, so Ferguson made a decision to sign Owen from Newcastle United.
Deschamps' freezing out of Benzema is in stark contrast to the attitude of Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who has maintained the ex-Lyon forward as part of his first-choice front line. [I said to him] "I am a footballer, you are my coach and I respect you but you have to respect me also as a footballer". I like playing with him.
"He is able to play one-touch football". It's been two years that I've not been playing [for France]. The 2001 Ballon D'Or victor has thanked Benzema for his decision to move to the Bernabeu rather than Old Trafford, much to the displeasure of Liverpool fans.
France are already being spoken about as one of the favourites for next year's World Cup, evidenced by the stance of many bookmakers.