Jose hails Benzema attitude
Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has praised the change in attitude from striker Karim Benzema.
Last Updated: 23/11/10 1:32pm
Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has hailed the change in attitude from striker Karim Benzema.
The Portuguese boss has vowed to get the best out of his player despite a fractious relationship since his arrival from Inter Milan in the summer.
The 22-year-old Frenchman has consistently struggled to find his best form for Los Blancos and has been regularly linked with a move away from the Bernabeu.
However, Benzema scored in the recent Copa del Rey win over Murcia before impressing for France in their 2-1 victory against England at Wembley.
Mourinho said: "Karim has to understand that he's not playing by himself, that he has to be more of a team player and work really hard, especially in training.
"He's doing just that and I'm pleased to see how his attitude has changed.
"He's starting to get the level of involvement that he deserves.
"I expect a lot from him, I want him to be as good as or better than the player I first saw at Lyon. I know how gifted he is and that's why I push him."
Despite there being little opportunity for Benzema to start with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo in the side, Mourinho has been pleased with the striker's change in attitude and he feels there is still room for improvement in his starting XI.
"Real Madrid are playing well, I'd even go so far as saying very well in certain games," he said.
"But my team aren't the finished product yet, we've still got a lot of ground to cover.
"You can't build a team overnight as if by magic.
"We have to work hard day in, day out, while staying humble, professional and enthusiastic. That said, I'm very happy with our performances and the results so far."
Mourinho is hoping for a swift return from Brazil star Kaka, who has not featured this season because of a knee injury.
He said: "Our big signing in the winter window will be Kaka - he'll be a fantastic boost for us.
"How many clubs can sign a Kaka in January? There are no players of his calibre on the market."