Karim Benzema has hit out at Jose Mourinho’s reign in charge of Real Madrid, and played up the positive style of man management that his replacement, Carlo Ancelotti, has ushered in.
Fresh from winning the fabled La Decima under the Italian’s tutelage Benzema revealed that he greatly appreciated working with Ancelotti, and shot what French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims is a sting at Mourinho. The 26-year-old forward was linked with a £40million move to Chelsea only last month, and it’s believe that the Special One is interested in the idea of taking him to Stamford Bridge if Madrid are willing to dispense of his services.
If that is the case however then Benzema may well have burnt his bridges fairly early on, as he praised Ancelotti to the high heavens when asked about the differences between him and Mourinho.
“He is very calm, and knows how to convey strong messages in frustration, without rushing. He is greatly appreciated in the locker room,” he told France Football, as relayed by Le 10.
"You feel sincere when he tells you something. He does not play a role. He’s not in my face."
Those pointing towards the idea that Benzema has seen an improvement in his confidence since Ancelotti took the helm at the Santiago Bernabeu are vindicated by stats which show he managed 17 goals in 35 La Liga games last term, as opposed to the 11 he scored in 30 matches under Mourinho the season before.
The now-Chelsea boss’ bust-ups with his former Madrid players have been widely documented, and the likes of Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos both fell out with him before his departure.