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Mourinho still holding out hope for Benzema

Jose Mourinho is hoping forward Karim Benzema can overcome the negative press he has received lately and fulfil his potential at Real Madrid.

Benzema, 22, has failed to live up to expectations since joining Madrid for €35 million from Lyon in summer 2009, and has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu. He was given a rare start by Mourinho in Tuesday's goalless Copa del Rey clash in Murcia but put in a lacklustre performance and was substituted late on.

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