Mathieu Valbuena has slammed Karim Benzema for treating him like his “worst enemy” in his first interview since the Real Madrid striker was charged.
Benzema remains under judicial custody after being charged with ‘attempted blackmail, complicity and participation in the preparation of a criminal offence’ regarding an alleged sex tape of Valbuena, who believes has been “taken for a fool” by his France teammate.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, more than disappointed [with Benzema],” the Lyon midfielder told Le Monde.
“[His words] showed a lack of respect. I thought the world of him before, but now I feel he’s taken me for a fool.
“Many people want to destabilise me, but I’ve risen above them, as I always have.
“I can’t defend the indefensible. I wouldn’t do that, not even to my worst enemy.
“When the case first came to light, I far from imagined that Karim Benzema would be involved.
“The investigators didn’t wait to find out what was said between Karim and I for it to be examined.
“Moreover, the police told me: ‘Don’t worry, we don’t need a testimony from you’.
“I can only be very, very, very disappointed [with Karim] and found that our relationship is not as sincere as he could perhaps claim.”