Benzema & Zenati Transcripts

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Recorded by French police on October 5. Source -- The following transcript is from a conversation had between Karim Benzema and Karim Zenati. The conversation outlines in many ways Benzama's role in the attempted blackmail and extortion. Some say he was just giving friendly advice however, while others say this is direct evidence of his involvment in the criminal activity and does indeed implicate the Real Madrid striker. What's your take?

Karim Benzema: I think that he is not taking us seriously.

Karim Zenati: What did you say to him?

KB: At the start, he thought it was a joke. I said: ‘You have to go and see this guy. He is going to come. He is going to speak to you. But I give you my word that there is not another copy.

Afterwards we talked, we talked. (Valbuena asked:) ‘In the video, you see my tattoos?’ You see everything, fatso. I said to him: I am serious, honestly, I have seen it.

(Valbuena asked:) ‘But they want what?’ I said to him: I don’t know what they want. He said: He wants money.

In any case, they want to make a buzz. (Valbuena said:) It would not be the same buzz if it were a video of you.

KZ: He is right.

KB: Yes.

KZ: (laughs)

KB: But brother, brother. It is true it is not going to make the same buzz as if it were me but, brother, but you are stopping his career. If he goes outside, he going to get tomatoes thrown at him.

I told him, it is not a question of buzz but a question of pride.

'If you want the video to be destroyed, my friend will come and see you in Lyon. You see him directly and you speak with him. Don’t send anyone else.

'You can do whatever you want. Ok, if you don’t want to pay, it’s your life but I have warned you.'

KZ: It is good, brother. You have done really well. When he goes to sleep, he is going to know you have told the truth.

KB: But, no, but the colour all drained from his face.

He said to me: You what the first thing he said, it is Cisse. He said to him: Yes but Cisse had lived through a nightmare like that.

KZ: Mmm.

KB: I said to him: ‘He (Cisse) did what?’ He said to me: ‘He paid’. I said to him: 'And the video, did it get out or no?' He said no. I said to him: 'Me, when I speak to you I give you my word that the video will not get out. Now, you do what you want.

Me, I have come to see you because when I saw this video, I said to myself, I cannot laugh with you in the dressing room and not tell you.'

He said yes but they want to release the video when, for the Euros? I said to him that me, if I had a video like that, I would not ask you for money, I would sell it to journalists. You see, I said that to him.

KN: Hmm....

KB: He said: 'Thanks a lot and everything, let me have a day or two and I will tell you.' He is going to call me.