Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane breaks silence on Karim Benzema incident over Vinicius Jr
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that there are no problems between Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.
The Frenchman was spotted on camera brutally putting his team-mate down during their match against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.
With the sides making their way out for the second-half, Benzema was talking to another club pal in Ferland Mendy.
In French, he told the defender to stop passing to Vinicius Jr.
He accused the 20-year-old of ‘playing against us’ during a tough match for Los Blancos.
They were 1-0 down to Gladbach at the time as their Champions League woes continued.
Real had already lost their first match of the European campaign in a surprise 3-2 result against Shakhtar Donetsk.
And the tension was clearly on show once again with Benzema saying in a leaked clip: “Don’t play with him. On my mother’s life, he [Vinicius] is playing against us.”
The defender was heard replying: “When he becomes scared, he loses what makes him great.”
Mendy would go on to pass to the Brazilian just three times despite the duo occupying the same flank.
Benzema reportedly apologised and Zidane has not got involved, insisting there are no problems between them.
He said: “It is clear about Benzema and Vinicius. They have talked to each other. Things stay on the field. They talked and it is perfect.
“There is no problem between them – the opposite. In the end, the important thing is that the energy is on tomorrow’s game [against Huesca].
“Things like Benzema and Vinicius have always happened but they stay on the field. The only thing that has changed is that there are many cameras.”
It has been a tough start to life in Madrid for Vinicius Jr, who has been touted as one of the top youngsters in the world.
He was replaced by Eden Hazard and Zidane has insisted that the prodigal talent will come good soon.
The Real boss said: “Vinicius is young. He has a present and a future at Madrid.
“He is a boy who wants to learn and improve. He works and that is good for a coach and a team.”