Benzema who is currently being investigated over alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail Valbuena denies fronting for the blackmailers. “I heard there was a video in which he appeared and when I mentioned this to him it appeared that I already knew of its existence,” he explained in an interview with French national television channel TF1.
“I then told him that I could help him through a friend I have in Lyon. I asked him if he had advised his family. We never spoke about money. I’m hearing all this talk about extortion and it’s driving me crazy. That night Valbuena called me and thanked me for tipping him off. He can attest to that.”
Benzema, who is facing charges of conspiracy to blackmail after allegedly joining a group in order to exploit his country man is hoping for a speedy resolution of the issue. “I hope that things work out. I’m not guilty. This will work out well for Valbuena, for my friend and for me,” he said.
By Olisemeka Obeche