Valbuena: I have no problems playing with Benzema

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The France team-mates are embroiled in a sex-tape scandal and are in danger of missing out on Euro 2016, but the Lyon man insists they can work together

Mathieu Valbuena would have "no problem" playing alongside Karim Benzema despite their joint-involvement in an ongoing blackmail scandal.

Benzema has been accused of blackmail related to a sex tape featuring his France international team-mate Valbuena. 

The 28-year-old was arrested for his involvement in the case before then being suspended indefinitely by the France national team. 

However, Valbuena said he would be happy to line-up alongside Benzema if the two end up being selected for Euro 2016. 

"Of course [I can play with Benzema], anything is possible. There's no problem," he told TF1.


Valbuena was left out of France's most recent squad, but the midfielder is hopeful he can earn a recall from coach Didier Deschamps. 

"I spoke with the coach and understood his decision," he said.

"It was a shock at first and I found it hard to accept, but I've come to understand it since then.

"My performances [for Lyon] haven't been bad, but my numbers aren't good.

"If I have a good run for my club, I don't see why I won't return to the France team."

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