Benzema in Mourinho plans

Since joining for £35 million from Lyon in 2009, the French international has failed to live up to expectations.

The 22 year old was poor in the goalless draw with Murcia in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, but Mourinho believes he can turn things around.

“He isn’t playing well, but he isn’t dead. He is very much alive” said the Portuguese, who confirmed that Benzema was going to be on the bench for Saturday’s game with Hercules.