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Wednesday January 30 2019
Benatia: Thought I'd retire at Juve

Medhi Benatia admits he thought he would retire at Juventus, but the return of Leonardo Bonucci forced him to ‘change my plans’.

Benatia was a regular in Juve’s defence last season but fell out of favour after Bonucci came back from Milan, and the Moroccan suggested that was the cue for him to join Al-Duhail.

He wrote on Instagram: “Hello everybody. After two very busy days, I wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye to this great family at Juventus, the players, fans, staff, coaches, physios, kit-men… and the rest of the Juve family, which I will miss for sure.

“I leave behind a lot of friends who I hope to see again soon. You’ve all been the centre of my life for two-and-a-half years.

“We lived a lot of things together and achieved great success. In July I was certain I’d have finished my career with you all, but unfortunately life has some surprises in store for you so I had to change my plans, but always with the desire to win, while looking to also make a decision for my family.

“Thanks for the love. I understand someone don’t want to accept my choice, so I only ask you to respect it.

“Forza Juve, try to win everything with this wonderful group.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ciao tutti. Dopo 2 giorni molto impegnativi volevo prendere il tempo di salutare questa grandissima famiglia @juventus .Giocatori tifosi staff technico staff Medical magazzinieri... e tutta la famiglia Juve che mi mancherà di sicuro. Lascio tantissimi amici che spero avrò modo di rivedere al più presto. Siete stati per 2 anni e mezzo il centro della mia vitta abbiamo vissuto tanto cose insieme e abbiamo ottenuto grande soddisfazione. A luglio ero sicuro che avrei finito la carriera insieme a voi poi purtroppo la vita ti riserva delle sorprese e quindi ho dovuto cambiare i miei piani ma sempre con voglia di vincere determinazione e cercando di fare una scelta anche al livello famigliare grazie di ❤.capisco che qualcuno non vuole accettare la mia scelta ma vi chiedo solo di rispettarla. Forza juve e cercate di vincere tutto con questo gruppo splendido e tutto possibile. ❤ #forzajuve #finoallafine

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