Karim Benzema’s agent tears into Real Madrid teammate following Valencia defeat

Karim Benzema's agent has slammed Raphael Varane for his performance in Real Madrid's 4-1 defeat to Valencia, claiming the defender is a "shadow of himself".

Benzema fired Los Blancos into the lead but dire defending on numerous occasions gifted Valencia three penalties – from which Carlos Soler was on hand to grab a hat-trick.

One moment which summed up a dismal evening for the reigning La Liga champions was Varane's own goal to give Valencia the lead before half-time.

Instead of making a routine clearance from a low cross, the Frenchman managed to scoop the ball over helpless goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and into his own net.

Benzema's representative, Karim Djaziri, could not help but take to Twitter to vent his anger after the incident.

He wrote : "Since the Manchester City match, [Varane] has been a shadow of himself."

The tweet was in reference to Varane's error-filled performance against Manchester City in last season's Champions League last 16. The World Cup winner made two howlers as City ran out 2-1 winners on the night and 4-2 victors on aggregate.

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Benzema has started the season strongly with four goals and three assists in eight games, but Real Madrid find themselves fourth in La Liga.

Zinedine Zidane was at a loss to explain why his side were soundly beaten at Mestalla Stadium.

"We started the first half-hour well," said the Real boss. "After the goal we fell apart and changed the dynamics. Everything happened to us; three penalties, an own goal. It is difficult to understand."

Zidane added: "There is no justification or excuses. I don't think Valencia has been tactically better than us. The only thing is that we started well and everything changed after the goal.

"This is difficult to understand but yes, the one most responsible is me. We must find solutions after the goal they scored."

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