Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has reiterated his support for troubled French striker Karim Benzema after he was indefinitely suspended from representing his country.
Benzema faces criminal charges in his homeland after allegedly becoming embroiled in a sex-tape blackmail attempt against international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
The 27-year-old now looks set to miss next summer`s European Championships on home soil unless the case is resolved before June, French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said on Thursday.
However, in contrast to the reaction in France, Benzema has received full support from Madrid with both Benitez and club president Florentino Perez insisting they have faith that his name will eventually be cleared.
"I have shown personally and we are all in agreement that we 100 percent support Karim," Benitez said on Saturday.
"In the contact we have with him he is an excellent person."
Benzema has rewarded Madrid`s faith by scoring five times in his last two games, including his first hat-trick in five years in a 8-0 mauling of Swedish champions Malmo on Tuesday.
"He is a fundamental player for us and I want him to continue scoring goals so that he is relaxed and helping Real Madrid, which is what interests me most," Benitez added.