Olivier Giroud has admitted that he tries not to think of Karim Benzema’s involvement in the Valbuena sex tape scandal (don’t we all) as he knows it’s something that can ‘pollute the spirit’ of the camp.
The Arsenal man netted his 14th goal for his country against the Netherlands on Friday night but it was his colleague’s off-field antics which were leading the questions on Sunday.
Benzema has been acussed of attempting to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena over the sex tape and suspended from the national team indefinitely until the investigation has been completed.
Giroud said “It is something that can pollute our spirit.
“I try not to think about it as it prevents us from concentrating on matters on the pitch.
“It is the pitch which is the most important.”
Giroud was also asked about the implications of his goal on Friday night ahead of the Euros and if that means he will be the main man in the French team.
“The question does not come up. The objective is to have strikers who complement each other the best,” said Giroud.
“I don’t ask myself the question of Karim or ‘Valbu’. The most important thing today is the team.”
Didier Deschamps is expected to announce his 23-man tournament squad on May 12th.
Barring injury, Giroud will be included.
He was also speaking about why Arsene Wenger dropped him from the Arsenal team and you can read more about that here.