FANS are convinced that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has taken a dig at France team-mate Kylian Mbappe following a number of cryptic posts on social media.
The 34-year-old promised Los Blancos fans last year that the Paris Saint-Germain forward was to join the Spanish side as he approached the end of his contract.
It was reported earlier in the week that Real were set to announce the signing of the World Cup winner after the Champions League final.
But in a stunning U-turn, Mbappe penned a new contract at Parc des Princes until 2025 on Saturday worth £500million.
His deal includes a £250m bonus simply for signing the extension and then £85m per year – or £1.6m-a-week – after tax.
And supporters believe Mbappe’s decision to remain with the Ligue 1 champions has angered his Les Bleus team-mate Benzema.
Taking to his Instagram story, Benzema posted a snap of his hand bandaged up pointing towards a Real badge.
He then followed that up by sharing a picture of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur shaking hands with actor Stephen Baldwin.
Also in the photo is a close friend of Tupac, with Twitters users claiming he allegedly betrayed the American, which led to his death in September 1996.
The New York native was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at the age of 25 after attending Mike Tyson’s win against Bruce Seldon for the WBA heavyweight title.
Fans believe that it is a sign that Benzema is aiming a dig towards Mbappe after he failed to convince him to join Real.
Commenting on his post, one user tweeted: “Karim Benzema has put this picture up on his Instagram page. It’s a picture of Tupac and a friend who betrayed him. Karim is not happy.”
Another messaged: “Karim Benzema is not happy with Kylian Mbappe after posting a picture on Instagram of Tupac & the friend that betrayed him.”
A third added: “Karim Benzema using Tupac’s betrayal as a reference for Mbappe’s transfer saga on his Instagram story is really pathetic.”
This account then said: “Benzema putting up a photo of Tupac and his friend who betrayed him is absolute MADNESS.”
Meanwhile this fan stated: “You know its real when Benzema pulls out the Tupac references.”
Despite fans stating that it was a dig at Mbappe, there is no suggestion that Benzema was taking aim at the PSG ace.