Sunday October 9 2011
Benatia honoured by interest

Mehdi Benatia is “honoured” by interest from top clubs, but “for the moment the important thing is to play well for Udinese.”

The defender explained his position to French website after rumours of Italy and Europe's biggest sides keeping an eye on him.

“I am aware of these reports about me, as my agents are keeping me up to date. Whether Milan or Juventus, it is pleasing to know the Coaches of great clubs are interested in me.

“We are still in October, so it's too early to be considering the January transfer market. For the moment the important thing is to play well for Udinese.

“One thing is for certain, I will never leave the Friulani unless it's for a club at a superior level.”

It might not be for a while, as the 24-year-old Moroccan has signed a contract holding him to Udinese until 2016.

“For now I am focusing only on Udinese. I penned a new deal in June and am happy, as they showed a great deal of faith in me and raised my wages.”

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