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By: Argha Banerjee 25 May 2014 15:48:39

Benatia snubs Roma, ready for 'dream' move

AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia (27) has said that he is considering his future at Roma, and thinks that a move would be good for him.

FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United have shown interest in roping the 27 year old Moroccan centre-back and are tracking him.

"I had spoken to the club executives regarding an improved contract but they weren't interested and I don't think it will be successful," Benatia said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The offers? My agent is dealing with those but we are talking about it and we will know a little bit more in the near future."

He added: "I'm happy at Roma but at 27 I need to reflect regarding the big offers of clubs that any player dreams of: Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester City."

Incidentally Benatia shares his agent with PSG and Brazil centre back Marquinhos, and reports from Globoesporte claim that FC Barcelona have been in talks with Marquinhos’ agent, and a deal is close.

Benatia has had a fabulous season defensively with Roma, playing 33 matches while winning 64.9 % of his Aerial duels, making 91crucial interceptions and scoring 5 goals including a brace in the club’s 4-0 win against Catania.


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