Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has fired back at the president of the French Football Federation Noel Le Graet after claims were made that the​ attacker is in poor shape.

Speaking to Ouest-France as quoted by Marca, Le Graet took aim at Benzema's fitness and all but confirmed the forward would not play for Les Bleus again.

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"I think the 'bleus' are over for him, and he's in the worst shape for a while now. I have nothing against Karim, he always behaved well with the French team, but I think now his time is over."

Despite not enjoying the most prolific of seasons last term, ​Benzema is on the shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or and the decorated forward took to social media to make his feelings felt over Le Graet's comments.

He posted: "Mr. Le Graet, I ask you to forget about me and leave me alone, please. France are the world champions."

Benzema has been exiled from a number of France squads in recent years. In 2010 he was omitted over a lack of game time, in 2016 he was left out due to a publicised scandal including blackmail, and in 2018 he allegedly didn't make the cut because of tactical reasons. 

Antoine Griezmann and ​Kylian Mbappe fired France to World Cup glory earlier this year with ​Olivier Giroud also featuring up front, while ​Alexandre Lacazette is also pushing for a recall after some brilliant performances for Arsenal.