‘He does not do ANYTHING useful’: Fresh detail emerges of the moment Real Madrid star Karim Benzema slams team-mate Vinicius Jnr, 20, at half-time with Ferland Mendy saying the attacker ‘loses what makes him great’
- New detail has emerged of Karim Benzema’s half-time rant on Tuesday night
- The French striker accused team-mate Vinicius of ‘not doing anything useful’
- Benzema was discussing the Brazilian with Ferland Mendy in the tunnel
- Their conversation was picked up by cameras during the half-time interval
- It comes days after Isco was heard criticising Zinedine Zidane from the bench
New detail has emerged of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema sensational half-time rant about team-mate Vinicius during the Spanish giants’ 2-2 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night.
The Frenchman was picked up by cameras in the tunnel at Borussia-Park discussing the 20-year-old during the half-time interval, where he told Ferland Mendy in French: ‘Don’t play with him. On my mother’s life, he [Vinicius] is playing against us.’
Now, a fresh report in MARCA says Spanish TV station GOL TV have picked up more detail, with Benzema reportedly telling fellow Frenchman Mendy: ‘He [Vinicius] does not do anything useful,’ with the left back replying: ‘When he becomes scared, he loses what makes him great.’
New audio footage has emerged of Karim Benzema’s (L) has sensationally half-time rant
Cameras in the tunnel at Borussia-Park picked up a conversation in French between Benzema (bottom right) and Ferland Mendy, who were reportedly talking about Vinicius (top left)
The Brazilian (top centre) was stood within earshot of the duo during the half-time break
All three players then talked on the pitch before the match restarted in the second-half, but the comments are not audible.
French news outlet Telefoot released the footage following the game on Tuesday, which shows the Real Madrid players filtering out from the dressing room and into the tunnel for the second half, with Vinicius stood within earshot of both Benzema and Mendy.
It was reported by Marca that, while Vinicius was not directly referenced in the conversation, it was the Brazilian who the pair were discussing.
The report goes on to claim that Mendy only passed the ball to Vinicius, who both play on the left, three times during the second half following the conversation.
Benzema reportedly told Mendy not to pass to Vinicius (pic) during the 2-2 draw on Tuesday
Benzema went on to score Real’s first goal as they came from behind to draw 2-2 in Germany, with Casemiro grabbing a stoppage-time equaliser in the Champions League.
The incident involving Benzema on Tuesday evening comes just days after Isco was caught criticising Zinedine Zidane during El Clasico, leading to more claims of unrest in the Real Madrid training room.
The 28-year-old, who was an unused substitute during the 3-1 win against Barcelona on Saturday, is growing frustrated at the lack of playing time under Zidane so far this season.
Isco (bottom left) was caught on camera on Saturday criticising the timing of his substitutions
The Spanish international was criticising manager Zinedine Zidane during El Clasico
Isco was filmed questioning the timings of Zidane’s substitutions by Spanish TV station Movistar saying: ‘If he (Zidane) has to bring me off, he substitutes me in minute 50 or 60 of the game, sometimes at half-time.
‘If he has to put me on, he puts me on in the 80th minute.’
The 28-year-old was speaking to Marcelo and Luka Modric when his temper boiled over, and Diario Sport also claim the 32-year-old left-back laughed after hearing the former Malaga midfielder’s complaints.