Karim Benzema insists he does not feel “betrayed” by Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain instead of joining him at Real Madrid.
After well over a year of intense speculation, Mbappe finally confirmed on Saturday that he had signed a new three-year contract at PSG.
It was a decision few saw coming given Madrid’s apparent confidence the France international was going to join them on a free transfer at the end of June.
Mbappe’s decision infuriated LaLiga chief Javier Tebas, while others associated more closely with Madrid were said to have been stunned.
An Instagram post by Benzema later the same day attracted particular attention, as he uploaded a photo of late rapper Tupac Shakur that was deemed to be veiled reference to betrayal.
According to Madrid-based newspaper Marca, which is generally regarded to have strong ties to Los Blancos, Benzema had been key in trying to persuade international team-mate Mbappe to join the club, hence why he might have felt betrayed.
But Benzema is adamant such stories are nonsense.
Speaking to Movistar Plus on Tuesday, Benzema said: “I’m going to tell you that we’re going to play a Champions League final on Saturday. This is not the time to talk about those little things. I’d rather not talk.
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