Karim Benzema has hit back at Didier Deschamps, suggesting the France coach is not being honest about the Real Madrid forward's departure from his World Cup squad.

Deschamps gave an interview to the Le Parisien newspaper — published on Friday — describing the circumstances surrounding Benzema's omission from the squad after he suffered a thigh injury in training ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

Benzema's agent has previously criticised Deschamps' decision to send the player home, with sources telling ESPN that Benzema felt he could have remained with the squad to participate later in the tournament, when he returned to fitness.

"There's only one truth, and Karim knows it well," Deschamps told Le Parisien.