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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 10 2019 12:52PM

Juventus won’t allow Medhi Benatia to leave the club in the January transfer window, despite interest from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.


The Moroccan defender has spent much of the season on the bench, despite playing well last season following Leonardo Bonucci defecton to AC Milan the summer before.


As such, Corriere Dello Sport and others report that Benatia has grown frustrated at a lack of playing time and is considering a move away.


The reports go on to suggest that Benatia’s agent Houssine Kharja met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici on Tuesday but was told that the Bianconeri have ‘have no intention’ of letting him go in January..


Benatia is more likely to be sold in the summer as he has one year left on his Juve contract and is being followed by the likes of Olympique Marseille, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.


https://www.juvefc.com/juventus-block-benatia-exit/

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 10 2019 09:36AM

FC Goa have announced the signing of Zaid Krouch from Moroccan club Moghreb Tetouan. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a contract which will keep him with the club until the end of the season. The move is subject to him completing his medical.


The fleet-footed attacker has represented Morocco in the 2014 African Nations Championship. He has also played in the CAF Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.


"I’m thrilled to join FC Goa. I’m delighted to be here. I have worked with Sergio Lobera during his time in Morocco and enjoyed playing under him and in his style of football," Krouch said after the move was announced.


"I have also played alongside Hugo Boumous and known Ahmed Jahouh. I have seen the team play and I believe we have a great team which plays a brand of football which is fun to watch. More than anything, I see a real hunger in the club to win something and I hope to help the club and the supporters to win silverware in the days to come," he added.


The Gaurs are currently third in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 table with 20 points from 11 matches and look like one of the favourites to clinch a playoff spot.


https://www.indiansuperleague.com/press-releases/fc-goa-sign-moroccan-midfielder-zaid-krouch

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 9 2019 07:50PM

It remains uncertain whether Morocco’s Atlas Lion Younes Belhanda will leave his Turkish football team.

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Saudi football clubs and Monaco are interested in hiring the Moroccan international footballer Younes Belhanda, according to Turkish news outlets.


Belhanda, however, told Yahoo Sports that he is not thinking of leaving his Turkish football team Galatasaray.


When asked about his situation, Belhanda said that his situation is “very simple.”


“I have two years and a half contract with Galatasaray. I was injured, I am well taken care of, and I cannot wait to get back to the competition.”


Belhanda said that his name is mentioned in several Mercato, which makes him feel happy.


“It is my pleasure that they think of me. Today it is simple: I am not negotiating with anyone,” said Belhanda.


He added that he had never “asked to leave” his club.


“ I am under contract and good here!” Belhanda concluded.


The 29-year old footballer was also linked to English premier league in 2018.


Crystal Palace reportedly proposed £5.3 million transfer fee to secure the services of the former midfielder.


Belhanda was part of Herve Renard’s selection for the 2018 World Cup, in which the Atlas Lions received worldwide plaudits.


Belhanda joined the Turkish football team from Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv in 2017. He is under contract with the Turkish team until 2021.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 6 2019 06:08PM


By BBC Sport


Egyptian side Zamalek have lured Morocco international striker Khalid Boutaïb from Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor.


The 31-year-old joins on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.


He leaves a club in third place in the Turkish league after scoring four goals in 16 appearances for them this season.


"I'm happy to join Zamalek and wear the white shirt and I will do my best to make the fans and board happy," Boutaib said as he was signed.


Boutaib's performances at the World Cup in Russia, where he played twice scored against Spain in a 2-2 draw, caught the eye of the Zamalek chairman Mansour Mortada.


"We watched Boutaïb with the Morocco national team and he impressed us so we decided to sign him," Mortada told Zamalek's official website.


Zamalek are currently top of the league in Egypt eight points ahead of second-placed Pyramids with 18 matches left to play in the season.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 6 2019 12:53PM

Arsenal have made an approach to sign Medhi Benatia.


That is according to reports in Italy, who claim the Gunners are keen to land the Juventus defender during the January transfer window.


The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order with the Serie A champions.


And with the Morocco international's future uncertain in Turin, Arsenal have enquired about his availability.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport , Unai Emery is open to bolstering his backline this month due to a spate of injuries.


Benatia could potentially be used as part of the deal to take midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Turin.


Juve are keen to land the Wales ace this month although Emery wants to keep Ramsey on board for the rest of the season.


Ramsey would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Italian giants.


Juve could force the Gunners to wait for Benatia with boss Massimiliano Allegri determined to keep hold of the player, who has also attracted interest from German side Schalke.


https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsenal-transfer-news-medhi-benatia-13816703

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 6 2019 10:25AM

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Real Madrid has officially signed Mohamed Mizzian, 18, as a loan from his club UD Melilla.


The signing came as a surprise because of European champion clubs’ tradition of avoiding activity in the winter transfer window.


FC Barcelona was also interested in the Spanish-Moroccan player. Mizzian caught the eye of Madrid officials during a match between UD Melilla and Real Madrid in Copa del Rey.


Real Madrid will have the option to buy Mizzian’s contract at the end of this season, when his contract with Melilla ends, according to Spanish media.


The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) summoned Mizzian for a training camp of the Moroccan national under-17 team in February 2016 in Toulouse, France.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 5 2019 04:01PM

Morocco international Manuel Da Costa joined Saudi giants Ittihad Jeddad coming from Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.


Da Costa is Al-Ittihad’s first signing in the January transfer window in an attempt to save their horrific season.


Coached by former West Ham manager Slevan Bilic Al-Ittihad are currently 15th on the Saudi League table with just six points.


The Moroccan defender played 15 games this season with Istanbul Basaksehir scoring three goals and assisting one.


The 32-year-old started his career with French side AS Nancy in 2006. He then moved to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven where he stayed for two years and won two Eredivisies.


He then moved to several clubs around Europe including Fiorentina, Sampdoria, West Ham, Lokomotiv Moscow and Turkish side Sivasspor.


Da Costa also spent two years with Greek giants Olympiacos where he won two Greek leagues.


He played a total of 25 international games with the Morocco national team and scored one goal against Uzbekistan in a friendly. He also featured in all of their group stage games during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


https://www.kingfut.com/2019/01/05/manuel-da-costa-joins-ittihad/

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