Roma are reportedly ready to begin negotiations with Mehdi Benatia on a new contract, cooling talk of his exit.
The centre-back ended an impressive first season with the Giallorossi by declaring his discontentment at an apparently ‘disrespectful’ offer a new contract, which was backed up by his agent.
Whilst subsequently linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City, the €30m-rated 27-year-old saw rumours of his departure fuelled when training alone in the first week of pre-season.
However, on from Rudi Garcia asserting that the defender ‘will play with Roma this season’ come reports that a contract renewal is on the cards.
Sky Sport Italia suggest that talks over an improved deal could begin once the club return from their pre-season tour of the United States and that it will present Benatia with an increased salary he has been seen as angling for from May.