Benzema could face trial in sex-tape row, Man Utd open to letting defender leave on loan and more

The 32-year-old French striker could be in the docket for ‘aiding and abetting’ a blackmail attempt against his former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena.  

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema could face trial in sex-tape row involving former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena, reports AFP [via France24].

Five years ago, the French authorities charged Benzema of an extortion plot in which he allegedly encouraged Valbuena to pay extortion fee to blackmailers who had an intimate video of the midfielder and had threatened to reveal it.

Prosecutors in the case have stated that they want the former France international to stand trial in a case in which four others have also been nominated. However, the court will make the final decision as to whether the trial should take place at all.

The prosecution has revealed before that Benzema asked about the existence of the video before France’s friendly game against Armenia in October 2015. The Los Blancos forward contends that it was a simple and friendly conversation, but Valbuena alleges that it was insinuated that he had to pay the money to keep the video away from the public eye.

Benzema could face trial in sex-tape row,
The French forward maintains that he's innocent of any wrongdoing (Image Copyright: imago images / Agencia EFE xChemaxMoyax GRAF1739 20200506-637243697600309343)

Top News 2: Man Utd open to letting defender leave on loan

Man Utd open to letting defender leave on loan
Injuries have hampered his Manchester United career (Image Copyright: imago images / Uk Sports Pics Ltd xLiamxMcAvoyx 12310109)
Since joining the Red Devils in a 30m deal from La Liga outfit Villarreal in 2015, the Ivory Coast defender has been injured for long periods of time.

Manchester United are ready to let defender Eric Bailly leave the club on loan when the transfer window reopens next month, reports The Sun.

The Red Devils are reportedly open to the idea of letting him temporarily leave the club so that Bailly could get more minutes under his belt. La Liga outfit Valencia are one of the sides who are keen on securing the defender’s services.

The 26-year-old’s five-year career for the Red Devils has been hampered by injuries and the arrival of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire after his signing by United has further restricted the playing opportunities for the Ivory Coast defender.

Lindelof and Maguire have formed a solid defensive partnership in the heart of Manchester United defense that has let in only two goals in the side’s last 5 games in all competitions.


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Top News 3: Coutinho cuts wages by 50 percent to extend Bayern Munich loan

The Barcelona midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Bayern that would have otherwise expired at the end of last month.

Philippe Coutinho has agreed to see his wages slashed by 50 percent to extend his loan spell at Bayern Munich until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

The Bavarian outfit have completed the recently concluded Bundesliga season as Champions and are now preparing for next month’s Champions League pre-quarter final clash against Chelsea.

Coutinho, who represented Bayern in the group stages of the competition, couldn’t have played any part in that fixture as the terms of his original loan deal meant that he had to return to the Catalan giants at the end of last month.

However, as Bild via Marca has reported, the Brazilian playmaker has joined the likes of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola by cutting his wages in half. This decision will see Coutinho play for Hansi Flick’s side in this month’s German Cup final and next month’s Champions League games.

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