Nasri outrage at being named in Valbuena sex-tape scandal

The Man City star has been mentioned by a French outlet as being part of the criminal enquiry looking into the blackmail plot of his former international team-mate

Samir Nasri has denied any involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape scandal after a report in France claimed he is named in the case file as being aware of the alleged blackmail of the Lyon star.

A lengthy interview with Valbuena was published in Le Monde on Friday in which the newspaper notes that Nasri’s name has come up in court proceedings.

Denying the accusations, the Manchester City midfielder appeared to believe Valbuena, rather than Le Monde, had named him and said he would be speaking to his former France team-mate.

“The fact that he is putting me in this situation… I will have a discussion with him,” Nasri told RMC. “Honestly, I do not care about this sex tape story. It is not my problem, not my situation.

“He is the victim, but he must not bring my name out. We are not friends. We will never be. But other people’s misfortune does not make me happy.”

Meanwhile, the French Football Federation (FFF) has announced it will file civil proceedings in relation to the case involving Valbuena and Karim Benzema, who has been charged with complicity in the attempted blackmail.

Sylvain Cormier, Benzema’s agent, has protested his client’s innocence.

Parties such as the FFF are able to bring a civil action and make a claim for compensation under French law if they feel they have suffered damage or injury.

“The FFF has decided to be Partie Civile in the Karim Benzema/Mathieu Valbuena case,” its statement read. “The FFF reserves the right to take the appropriate measures subject to the evolution of the case.”


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Eibar vs Real Madrid Preview: Casemiro eager to consign Clasico to the past

Rafael Benitez’s men were routed 4-0 at home by Barcelona last weekend and the Brazilian is now desperate for los Blancos to move on

Casemiro has called on Real Madrid to put their Clasico thrashing firmly behind them when they travel to face Eibar on Sunday.

A 4-0 defeat to Barcelona last Saturday has left Rafael Benitez’s side six points behind the champions in La Liga and increased the pressure on the head coach’s position.

Madrid responded with a 4-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, in which they almost allowed a four-goal lead to slip in the final 15 minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo had scored twice and set up the other two for Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal.

Casemiro returned to the side for that victory in Lviv after missing the Clasico, but the Brazilian insists he was not angry at sitting out the Barca defeat and has urged his side to put it behind them.

“The Clasico is gone and you have to forget it and look forward. The victory [against Shakhtar] was important and now we have to rest and think about Eibar,” he said.

“I’m not angry for not playing in the Clasico. We have a boss who is a top coach and knows what he is doing. I’m very happy in Madrid and I’ll defend my coach, the players, the president – everyone.”

Eibar themselves have enjoyed a strong run of form since losing to the champions in October, beating both Rayo Vallecano and Getafe at home before securing a creditable point away to Villarreal.

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Having not lost at home since a 2-0 reverse to Atletico on September 19 and with Madrid’s form uncertain at present, midfielder Adrian Gonzalez believes now is the best time to face his former club.

“It’s true they’re not in the best form and we know it’s difficult to play here, and this year, we’re doing things right,” he said, as quoted by AS.

“Maybe it’s the best time to play them because things aren’t working out so well for them.

“It’s difficult for anyone to play at Ipurua and we’re in a very positive mood because we are doing well. We have the belief to do something good here.”

Madrid are faced with a defensive headache ahead of the game, with Raphael Varane (thigh) joining Sergio Ramos (shoulder) and Marcelo (hamstring) on the sidelines, while Isco is suspended following his red card against Barca.

Winger Keko is banned for Eibar, while Simone Verdi (hamstring), Jaime Jimenez (back) and Ander Gayoso (knee) are injured.


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Varane out with thigh injury, Madrid confirm

The French centre-back was substituted from Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar after half an hour and the club have confirmed he has damaged a muscle

Real Madrid have confirmed that Raphael Varane suffered a thigh muscle injury during Wednesday’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

The France international was replaced after 31 minutes of Madrid’s 4-3 success in Ukraine after suffering discomfort.

And the club confirmed the 22-year-old would continue to be assessed, although he is unlikely to fit for Sunday’s trip to Eibar.

“After tests carried out today on the player Raphael Varane at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in his right thigh,” read a club statement.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Varane has been ever-present for Rafael Benitez’s side so far this season, playing in every minute for Madrid in Europe prior to the injury.


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Valbuena breaks silence on Benzema and sex tape blackmail

The Real Madrid ace is accused of conspiracy to blackmail the Lyon playmaker, who feels he has had his trust betrayed

Mathieu Valbuena has spoken out for the first time about the sex tape scandal in which France team-mate Karim Benzema has been accused of conspiracy to blackmail and says he is “more than disappointed” with the Real Madrid striker.

The case came to light in the middle of October, when Djibril Cisse, who is now retired from football, was questioned by police, but at the beginning of November, Benzema was also investigated by the French authorities over his possible connection, though his lawyer maintains he has done nothing wrong.

In an extensive interview with Le Monde, Valbuena admits he feels let down by Benzema, who could face up to five years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

Valbuena has revealed his version of events, as he claims Benzema tried to entice him to meet with an acquaintance, who had apparently obtained a sex tape of him and was willing to destroy it.

“His way of speaking wasn’t aggressive, and he didn’t mention money specifically, but when he insisted I met with someone,” the Lyon playmaker said. “I’ve never seen anyone who would destroy a video for free just because he loves me. Stop taking people for fools.

“I said to Karim: ‘You saw Djibril [Cisse] in 2008 about the same thing.’

“And he told me: ‘So was it worth it?’

“I told him: ‘Well yeah, it was.’

“Him: ‘And did it come out?’

“And I told him: ‘Well, no.’

“After that, he repeated to me many times that I was dealing with ‘some bad people’. He told me, ‘It’s still quite hot this video. You must be strong.’

“Ok, so he also said, ‘If you don’t want that, it’s no problem. But I can introduce you to my friend.’

“We kept going back to that. I was more than disappointed. I told myself that it was quite simply a lack of respect. You can’t behave like that with anyone.

“In the end, when we were about to go, Karim said to me: ‘What have I to do? Give him your number? Give you his number?’

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The 31-year-old, who claimed to be unaware just how deeply Benzema was implicated in the story at this stage, said that he was unwilling to do meet the Madrid striker’s friend.

“Karim knows well – even if we never spoke of money, which I think was quite clever – that from the moment I met this person, it would not be for peanuts,” he said.

“Karim tried to call me. Not with his telephone nor on mine but on that of a member of Lyon’s staff. He told me: ‘Mat, my name is out, it’s a mess. I can’t be involved in matters like this.’

“I responded: ‘Karim, listen, there’s not much to it, you’ve done nothing, there’s no worry.’

“But deep down I knew it was strange that he still wanted me to meet that person.

“After that, he told me: ‘We’ll have to deny it. The story will reach crazy proportions and I have a daughter and everything.’

“I told him: ‘Karim, it’s not just me. As a good citizen, I just reported the case to the police. I can’t help it if there are people listing into telephone calls and your name keeps coming up.

“And on the eventual denial, I told him: ‘I can’t do anything right now, I’ll wait and see.’

“After, I tried to reassure him by saying: ‘If one day I have to, I’ll do it, I’ll see Djibril. But for the moment, there’s nothing I can do.’

“At that point, I knew that big difference between Djibril and Karim was that Djibril had never asked me to meet anyone. But Karim had. So I told him: ‘I’ll make the denial, but only if I’ve got the elements.’

“If not, I could look like a trumpet afterwards.”

Valbuena said that matters really hit him hard when he heard that L’Equipe and Europe 1 had obtained a recording of the wiretaps made with Benzema’s phone, in which the striker used insulting language towards him.

“I was obviously disappointed, more than disappointed. His comments reflected a lack of respect. I respected everyone, but then, I felt like I was being taken for an idiot. Many people want to knock me down, but I’ll get back up, as I’ve always done,” he said.

“There comes a time when you can’t defend the indefensible. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy.”

Valbuena claims he had initially gone to the French authorities in the summer with the belief that the bribes were being carried out by small-time “bandits”.

“When I first went to speak to the police, I couldn’t imagine that Karim Benzema would be involved in it,” said the midfielder.

“The investigators did not wait to hear what was said between Karim and me before investigating him. And moreover, the police told me: ‘Don’t worry, we don’t need your testimony.’

“I can only be very, very disappointed, and with regards my relationship with Karim, it’s not as sincere as he perhaps claims.”

The Lyon star also admits he is not surprised that Manchester City’s Samir Nasri is reportedly being spoken to in connection with the case.

“My relationship with Nasri has always been difficult,” he said.

“Now, nothing surprises me. When you’re involved in a racketeering case like this and you see these names, it’s almost as if you’re in a madhouse.”

Valbuena, who turned out for Lyon in Nice last Friday evening after taking part in a hearing in Versailles around 900km away in the morning, is due to feature for his club against Montpellier on Friday.


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La Liga president Tebas: Clasico was hard to watch

The self-confessed Real Madrid fan admits Saturday’s match was ‘historic’ but hopes Los Blancos can recover from the drubbing against rivals Barcelona

Real Madrid fan and La Liga president Javier Tebas has conceded the Clasico was “hard to watch”.

Barcelona were outstanding at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, as two goals from Luis Suarez and further strikes from Neymar and Andres Iniesta handing Luis Enrique’s men a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

Tebas, speaking on a Liga promotional tour of North America, told AS: “Barcelona played really well and dominated Real Madrid. They were up for the game and set out to defeat their opponents from the outset.

“As a Madrid supporter, last Saturday’s Clasico was hard to watch.

“I told my children, who were at the stadium, that they had witnessed an historic game as a 0-4 scoreline [in a Clasico] is not normal.

“This is football and I hope, as do all Madridistas that the club can turn things around.”

The win moved Barca six points clear of Madrid while they remained four clear of Atletico, who moved up to second following a 1-0 win at Real Betis on Sunday.


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