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By The Atlas Lions, Nov 15 2018 10:22AM

Al Ahly director of football and assistant coach Mohamed Youssef has completely refuted claims that striker Walid Azarou could be on his way out of the club in January.


Azarou has been a key player for the Red Devils since his arrival in July 2017. The Morocco international scored 31 goals in 54 games for Al Ahly in all competitions.


Al Ahly were deprived off the 23-year-old striker’s services in the second leg of the CAF Champions League after he was suspended for two games over unsporting behaviour.


“There are no offers for Azarou. The claims about his departure in the upcoming January window or by the end of the season is categorically untrue,” Youssef said.


“Azarou’s contract runs for two years and a half and we want to keep him. He is one of the important players and it’s illogical to let go of the team’s pillars.”




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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