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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, Nov 30 2018 04:01PM

By Football Italia staff


Genoa could return for Achraf Lazaar in January, as Newcastle United are ready to let him leave on loan.


The Moroccan was in Italy on transfer deadline day to join the Grifone, but the transfer collapsed and he returned to Tyneside.


The former Palermo man has admitted that manager Rafa Benitez “doesn’t speak to me”, so it appears he has no future at St James’ Park.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Magpies are willing to let him leave on loan in January, and the Grifone are once again interested.


President Enrico Preziosi pulled the plug last time, but with Genoa struggling in Serie A he may well reconsider.

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.”





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