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'I never had a dispute with him': Olivier Giroud insists bitter rivalry with Karim Benzema was 'created from scratch' despite striker's 'go-kart' jibe as he admits striker's exile from France team is 'kind of a mess' Olivier Giroud has insisted he has never had a dispute with Karim Benzema  The striker once compared the Chelsea forward to a go kart But Giroud said that the pair's supposed rivalry was created by the media The 34-year-old added Benzema's exile from the France team is a shame

By Kathryn Batte For Mailonline

Published: 14:46 BST, 6 October 2020 | Updated: 14:48 BST, 6 October 2020

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Olivier Giroud says Karim Benzema's absence from the France team is a shame and 'kind of a mess' but insists he has never fallen out with his fellow striker.

Benzema has been kept out of the national side since 2015 because of an alleged involvement in a plot to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena but Giroud has prospered in his absence - helping Didier Deschamps' team in the World Cup in 2018.

And the striker has been critical of Giroud's involvement in Les Blues' squad in the past. When asked to rate himself against the Chelsea forward on social media, he said: 'You don't confuse F1 with go-karting … and I know I'm F1.'

Olivier Giroud says he has never had a dispute with fellow France striker Karim Benzema

Olivier Giroud says he has never had a dispute with fellow France striker Karim Benzema

However, Giroud, who is set to earn his 100th cap in a friendly against Ukraine on Thursday, is insistent there has never been any bad blood between the pair and that the supposed rivalry

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