October 09, 2015 shows French forward Karim Benzema celebrating after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between France and Armenia on October 8, 2015 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP / VALERY HACHE
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France coach Didier Deschamps suspended 28-year-old Benzema from the national team after he was placed under formal investigation over the affair in November.Benzema remains France's top striker, with 27 goals in 81 appearances, despite the emergence of the younger Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial.Benzema is said to have approached Lyon playmaker Valbuena about the tape at a national team training camp in October.Valbuena, on the other hand, has suffered for form and fitness since signing for Benzema's old club Lyon last summer and may struggle to make the France squad despite being a regular under Deschamps in the past.
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