Italian giant Juventus does not want to give up its Moroccan defender, Mehdi Benatia.
Benatia was also linked with a move to Spain’s FC Barcelona. In October, Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona is interested in recruiting several international footballers, including Mehdi Benatia, to strengthen its defensive line.
Benatia, 31, has spent most of his football career in Italy, where he has played for Udinese, AS Roma, and Juventus.
Juventus recruited Benatia on loan from German giant Bayern Munich in 2016. After one year with Juventus, the Italian football club converted Benatia’s loan agreement to a permanent deal.
In 2017 Juventus signed the Moroccan player with a three-year deal worth €17 million.
Benatia also plays on Morocco’s national team, the Atlas Lions, and led them as team captain in the 2018 World Cup. On Friday, Benatia and the Lions took on Cameroon for a Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2019 qualifier, winning 2-0.