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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 29 2019 09:30AM

Morocco international Medhi Benatia has joined Qatari side Al-Duhail from Juventus in a deal worth up to 10 million euros.


The 31-year-old wanted to leave the Bianconeri after two and a half seasons with the club and departs in a deal worth €8m plus up to €2m in bonuses.


He arrived at the Serie A giants on loan from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2016, before the Italian club made the move permanent a year later.


During his time with Juventus, Benatia made 59 appearances, scoring five goals, as he helped them achieve two successive domestic doubles, as well as reaching the Champions League final in 2017.


However, he struggled for game time following the return of Leonardo Bonucci last summer from AC Milan and featured just six times this season.


The Moroccan was linked with moves to a number of European clubs, including AC Milan, Arsenal, and Marseille, but he opted to move to the Qatari champions.


This will mark Benatia’s first stint outside of Europe, after playing for the likes of Marseille, Tours FC, FC Lorient, Udinese, AS Roma, and Bayern Munich since making his professional debut in 2006.


Benatia, who was named in the CAF’s best eleven for 2018, could make his debut for Al-Duhail when they host Al Sailiya on the 5th of February.


https://www.kingfut.com/2019/01/29/morocco-benatia-al-duhail-juventus/

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 26 2019 01:09PM

(BBC Sport) Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed centre-back Medhi Benatia is leaving the club, with the Serie A leaders set to re-sign Uruguay defender Martin Caceres as his replacement.


Moroccan Benatia, 31, is reported to be joining Al Duhail in Qatar in a deal worth 10m euros (£8.6m).


He joined the Italian champions on loan from Bayern Munich in 2016, before signing permanently a year later.


"It wouldn't make sense to keep a player who is reluctant," said Allegri.


"Benatia made a choice and the club evaluated and accepted his request."



By The Atlas Lions, Jan 24 2019 03:20PM

Mehdi Benatia could be leaving Juventus during the January window. Qatari club Al Duhail are interested in signing the Moroccan defender and have offered the bianconeri €8 million plus €6 million in bonuses.


Juventus would like to keep Benatia for the remainder of the season, but the center back is pushing to leave after receiving a substantial offer for his wages. While the Serie A champions are trying to convince him to stay, they could accept the offer and look to replace him with a new defender who would arrive on loan


https://gianlucadimarzio.com/en/juventus-trying-to-convince-benatia-to-stay-amidst-offer-from-al-duhail

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 24 2019 10:05AM

Juventus are open to letting Medhi Benatia leave during the January transfer window with Arsenal and Fulham among the clubs interested in his services. The 31-year-old defender has made just five Serie A performances for Juve this season as he is behind the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Daniele Rugani in the pecking order.


Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that the Morocco international will be allowed to leave as early as January although there is also interest in Benatia from outside of the Premier League. Clubs in China, Qatar and the UAE are also thought to be pursuing the defender’s signature this month.


Sky Sports Italia report that an offer of 10 million euros (£8.7m) has been lodged by Qatari club Al-Duhail and Juventus are considering the bid. It appears that it would be an offer in this region that would be enough to bring in the former Bayern Munich and Roma man. Benatia has made it clear that he wants more game time, saying in December: ‘I have to keep holding my head up, because a lion never dies. ‘I want to play more.’


Any move for Benatia could depend on Juventus finding cover for him, even if it is short-term until the summer. Fulham are looking to strengthen the leakiest defence in the Premier League, having conceded 51 goals in just 23 league games this season. Arsenal have also shown significant defensive frailties, letting in 32 goals so far in the Premier League this campaign, one more than who are in 17th position.



Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/24/juventus-will-let-arsenal-fulham-target-medhi-benatia-leave-january-8383806/?ito=cbshare


By The Atlas Lions, Dec 30 2018 01:21PM

Juventus’ Head Coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Morocco’s Atlas Lion Mehdi Benatia is a key player in the Italian giant.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat –The head coach of Italy’s Old Lady, Massimiliano Allegri, defended Moroccan footballer Mehdi Benatia after he was benched for several key games.


The coach told reporters at a press conference that Benatia is an important player and letting him go would be a “mistake.”


He also said that Benatia played six games with the football team. He added that the footballer was not always feeling well, but he remains a key player for Juventus.


Allegri also shut down rumors he was leaving Juventus, saying that he still has a year and a half left of his contract.


He also told reporters that he is happy with the Italian giant.


Earlier this week, Benatia reassured his fans that hard times will pass, saying that a “lion never dies, he sleeps.”


His message for his fans illustrates his determination to work hard to improve his skills and move his career forward.


Benatia thanked his fans for their support in this “difficult period.”


The footballer joined Juventus from Bayern Munich, initially on loan in 2016. He was later signed permanently by the club in the 2017-18 season.


Benatia is also the captain of the Moroccan national football team.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 12 2018 12:59PM

(Goal.com) The 31-year-old defender has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League game in Bern

Medhi Benatia will sit out Juventus' clash against Young Boys on Wednesday as he continues recovery from a knee injury, the Italian club confirmed.


The centre-back who has not played a game for the Bianconeri since November [vs. AC Milan] suffered an inflammation in his right knee during a training session on Monday.


As a result, the Morocco international did not travel with the rest of the squad to Switzerland and also missed the chance to make his second appearance in the Champions League this season.


Benatia has managed just 90 minutes of action in the tournament this term, his only appearance against the same opposition.


"Juve already began training for the fixture [vs. Young Boys], and this morning they worked on the tactical and technical aspects of the match," read the club statement.


"During the session, Medhi Benatia stopped because of an inflammation in his right knee."


Having qualified to the knockout round, Massimiliano Allegri's men, currently top of Group H, with two points above Manchester United need to avoid defeat at the Stade de Suisse to maintain their spot as group leaders.


Benatia has played six games in all competitions this season - a situation that has made him worried about his future at the Allianz Stadium with Barcelona and Marseille reportedly interested in his signing.


He was an unused substitute as Juventus extended their dominance at the summit of the Serie A log with a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan on Friday.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 12 2018 11:17AM

“We wanted to put in a good performance and we did that tonight”


Medhi Benatia was a key component of the Juventus defence that kept a clean sheet in the visit to Milan on Sunday evening. His handball did lead to the penalty that was squandered by Gonzalo Higuain in the first half but the defender barely put a foot wrong during the match.


“I’m glad about the performance and the win,” he said after the game.


“It was nice to be part of such a prestigious fixture. Yesterday I was getting a massage with Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Daniele] Rugani and I saw it being said on TV that I often mess up in big games, so I wanted to show that I can be relied upon.


“It was important for us to bounce back after the Manchester United match. We wanted to put in a good performance and we did that tonight. Playing against Higuain, a good friend of mine, was an added incentive.”





By The Atlas Lions, Nov 10 2018 08:24PM

AC Milan have reportedly started to consider joining the race to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia.


The 31-year-old has spent the last three years representing the Italian champions, but the centre-back has been restricted to just five appearances in Serie A and the Champions League this season.


That has allegedly resulted in interest from Manchester United and Arsenal - who could be in the market for a new defender in January - but according to Sport Mediaset, Milan are also monitoring the situation.


Gennaro Gattuso's side require a replacement for the injured Mattia Caldara, and that could see a loan bid made for Morocco international Benatia.


The report suggests that Milan would have to commit to paying a €15m (£13.1m) fee for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.


Benatia has also played for Udinese and Roma in Italy's top flight, while three years were spent contracted to Bayern Munich.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 5 2018 09:38PM


By Football Italia staff


Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia admits “I’m struggling playing a game every now and then” and “we’ll see what happens” in January.


The Moroccan played 90 minutes against Cagliari on Saturday, but he’s played only four Serie A games so far this season.


“I’m struggling playing a game every now and then,” Benatia told La Stampa.


“Last year I did well because I had more consistency, unfortunately I don’t have it this year. It’s part of my job, and I work to always be ready, but it’s not a pleasant situation.


“It’s normal that I’m not enjoying it, I’m 31 and I want to play as much as possible.


“January? Let’s see what happens, how I’m used, if Juve still need me, if [Coach Max] Allegri wants me…


“I’m available to the team, as long as I’m here I’ll give my all. If I’m needed in the Champions League I’ll be ready.”



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