Following the recent allegation against Karim Benzema of blackmailing a fellow France international footballer over a sex tape, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, has given his full support to the star striker.
Benzema returned to Madrid on Thursday after admitting to a judge in Paris that he had urged Valbuena to pay those attempting to extort him.
French police are still trying to decide if the Real Madrid man was merely sharing friendly advice or whether his comments had a more menacing tone, a process complicated by the fact that one of the accused blackmailers is an associate of Benzema and his brother.
However, after holding a meeting with Benzema on Thursday evening, Real Madrid released a statement expressing their total confidence on the striker.
The statement reads: “Karim Benzema returned to training this evening at Real Madrid City after making a statement to the French authorities in Versailles.
“The Real Madrid C. F. president, Florentino Pérez, held a meeting with the player in which he gave him his full support and expressed his confidence that his actions were in good faith and that he is completely innocent.
“The club values and recognises the professional commitment, the displays of camaraderie with his team-mates and the impeccable attitude he has shown as a core member of the first team squad for the more than six seasons that he has been a part of Real Madrid.”
Benzema has 81 caps for France, and was a key part of the squad for last year’s World Cup in Brazil.