PARIS: Mathieu Valbuena said in an interview published Friday that France international teammate Karim Benzema “indirectly” told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex-tape of him with his girlfriend. Twenty-seven year-old Real Madrid star Benzema has been charged with complicity to blackmail Valbuena over the tape. Le Monde newspaper asked Valbuena whether Benzema had just urged him to meet the blackmailers. “Incite, that means ‘you will have to pay’ indirectly,” Valbuena replied in his first public comments on the affair. According to investigation sources, Benzema has admitted to police that he was to act as an “intermediary” between Valbuena and one of the blackmailers who was a childhood friend of the striker.