This being the case, our institution considers the attacks made on his person by former minister Roselyne Bachelot to be unjustifiable and unacceptable. 12/03/2016 She told French television that Nadal’s seven month injury layoff was probably “due to a positive doping test.” Here is the full Real Madrid statement: CET The Barça boss said: “I think it’s more likely than I’ve been doping than Rafa has. The only defect he has is his football team [Real Madrid].” Real Madrid have released a statement supporting Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal after a French politician claimed he was doping. Upd. at 17:10 Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane have also backed the 29-year-old. Sport EN The Spanish Olympic Committee responded with support for Nadal, while the president of Spain’s Higher Sports Council, Miguel Cardenal, labelled Bachelot’s comments as “slander of one of the most important athletes in history.” Real Madrid C.F. consider the close ties to an idol such as Nadal to be an honour, such is his status as a symbol sporting excellence. Nadal is admired and adored by millions of fans the world over, and today our club is standing firmly by his side. Rafa Nadal represents the fundamental values of sport. His greatness and his incredible achievements have always been based upon a foundation of exemplary conduct, unwavering work, talent and astonishing levels of commitment. Former French Minister for Health and Sport Roselyne Bachelot made the accusation in light of this week’s revelation that Maria Sharapova had failed a drugs test at the Australian Open earlier this year. Real Madrid C.F. would like to express their full support to our honorary member, Rafa Nadal, undoubtedly one of the greatest sportsmen of all time in Spain and in the world.