Rafa Benitez tells Karim Benzema to focus only on football

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has advised star striker Karim Benzema to concentrate on football after further revelations over his involvement in a blackmail case involving his France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex-tape.

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema

Madrid have gone on record to say they will back Benzema, and Benitez insisted he just needs to recover his form on the field after recently returning from a six-week layoff due to a hamstring injury. Benitez said: "Benzema trained very well yesterday. He is calm. Every time I have spoken to him. I have told him that he should concentrate on football."

Madrid endured a difficult week on and off the field after being thrashed 4-0 at home by Barcelona last weekend to fall six points behind them and Benitez felt Sunday's trip to high-flying Eibar is tricky too. "They are in good form and it is a difficult place to go," he said.

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