Saturday January 26 2019
Allegri: 'Benatia asked to leave Juve'

Max Allegri confirmed Medhi Benatia requested a transfer and Juventus chose Martin Caceres because he is “ready,” but the Coach shrugged off Paul Pogba questions.

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This morning, Martin Caceres underwent his medical ahead of a €600,000 transfer from Lazio, while Medhi Benatia is on his way to Qatar for Al-Duhail.

“Benatia asked to leave, he made a different choice to our intentions and the club gave him what he wanted,” said Allegri in his Press conference.

“There was no point keeping a player who didn’t want to be here. In any case, Benatia had some good years at Juventus and I too am sad he is leaving, but I cannot get inside his head and change his mind for him. He made this decision and that’s it.

“Along with the club, we evaluated other profiles that we could bring to Juventus and were fortunate that Caceres accepted. I’m very happy.

“This is his third stint here, so Martin knows the club, is reliable and completes an already strong defensive unit. In about three or four weeks, we’ll have Andrea Barzagli back too, so that’ll be it.

“Caceres is a player who I know and in my view he can give a great deal to Juventus. It wouldn’t have been wise to bring players in with four months left of the season, waiting for them to learn the language, check their fitness levels, etc. It would’ve taken too long. Martin is ready to go.”

With that in mind, and the reunion with Leonardo Bonucci after his stint at Milan, Allegri was asked if there could be a return to Turin for Pogba from Manchester United as well.

“You have remarkable imagination! I think it’ll be very difficult to see Pogba return to Juventus.”