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Mourinho calls on Benzema to wake up

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has warned under-fire French striker Karim Benzema that he needs to change his attitude if he is to be a success in Spain, according to Marca yesterday.

The former Porto, Chelsea and Inter coach was overheard giving Benzema a wake-up call in training on Thursday.

“If it was just for you I would make training at midday because you arrive at 10 o’clock half asleep and then by 11 you are already sleeping again,” Mourinho allegedly told Benzema in front of his team-mates.

According to Marca, this was not the first time that Mourinho has had a go at Benzema.

At a press conference in Los Angeles during Real’s pre-season warm-up tour he also fired a shot across the 22-year-old’s bows.

“Benzema must understand that he is extremely talented but that in itself is not enough,” he said.

“I need Karim. For me he is a very important player but he has to put himself out there. We need a striker who is sparky not one that is listless.”

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