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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 31 2019 03:41PM

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 31 2019 10:19AM

(BBC Sport) Morocco's Confederation Cup holders Raja Casablanca have named Frenchman Patrice Carteron as their new coach.

The 48-year-old replaces Spaniard Juan Carols Garrido, whose contract was ended by Raja on Monday.

Carteron has signed until the end of the season with an option to renew after that.

The former Mali and TP Mazembe boss led Egypt's Al Ahly to the 2018 African Champions League final but was sacked after the loss to Tunisia's Esperance.

He takes over a club third in the Moroccan top-flight six points behind leaders and rivals Wydad Casablanca with a game in hand.

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.

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

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.

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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 23 2019 09:49PM

(Reuters) - On-loan Southampton duo Guido Carrillo and Sofiane Boufal may still have a future at the club and will be given a chance to prove their worth when they return to St Mary’s at the end of the season, chairman Ralph Krueger has said.

Argentine striker Carrillo joined La Liga outfit Leganes on a season-long loan deal at the start of the season, while Moroccan midfielder Boufal was loaned to Celta Vigo.

Both players fell out of favour under former Southampton manager Mark Hughes, who has since been sacked and replaced by Austrian Ralph Hasenhuettl.

“Ralph’s going to take a look at them,” Krueger told fans recently. “There’s no 100 percent guarantee that they would be sold in the summer or not. They will come back, and we will re-evaluate them.

“Both players deserve that opportunity and when we feel the time is right to sell, we will sell.”

Carrillo has scored five goals for Leganes this season, while Boufal has struck two for Celta, who are a point and a place above the relegation zone in Spain.

Hasenhuettl has guided Southampton away from relegation trouble since taking over in December and the club are currently 15th in the table, with four wins and a draw in eight league matches under the Austrian.

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