Mehdi Benatia Reveals Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Man City Interest

Reports are out claiming that Mehdi Benatia has revealed that he was the subject of interest from a quartet of massive clubs during the summer transfer window.

Mehdi Benatia

The Morocco international defender left AS Roma to join Bayern Munich in late August but claims he was a target for the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona before signing with the German giants.

The 27-year old told German publication Kicker : “Walter Sabatini (Roma’s sporting director) told me the club wanted to keep me, but that they needed to earn money so he had to sell me,”.

“This got me mad because I wanted to stay.”

He added: “When Bayern arrived I understood I couldn’t miss this opportunity.

“Also Manchester City and Chelsea wanted me, but the club also had requests from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“But the choice of the Bundesliga hasn’t been too difficult. Bayern is a top club. They give the possibility to challenge in all competitions.”

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