Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has lashed out at international teammate Mathieu Valbuena, calling him a "liar" for his comments on his inclusion in a sex tape scandal.
Benzema was charged with allegedly attempting to blackmail Valbuena over the sex tape and lost his place in the national team as a result.
Now the 29-year-old has unleashed a frustrated rant at Valbuena, who he claims continues to spread false information.
"There's really something wrong with him! …It's all part of his story," Benzema told L'Equipe - via Goal. "When I hear him say that he's ready to play with me again. To hear him at the beginning, I'm a scum, I threatened him, I scared him, all you can invent … And now he wants to play with me!
"He said he would not have lodged a complaint if he knew I was involved in the story. For more than a year and a half I'm his worst enemy, a bad guy, a thug, I have to be punished, dragged in the mud, my name and that of my family, in the dirt."
Benzema added: "It has been almost two years since I was forbidden to see my best friend [Karim Zenati], if not we go to prison, and he is quiet, but he must stop his crap, and I do not know why he keeps talking about me already.
"I am his enemy, I wanted to take money from him, he really has to stop inventing, it makes me mad to keep on lying! He just had to tell the truth about what really happened."