Friday February 8 2019
Benatia: Why I chose Qatar...

Former Juventus defender Medhi Benatia claims he moved to Qatar because of his children. “I want them to grow up in an Islamic environment.”

Milan, Arsenal, Manchester United and Olympique Marseille were all linked with Benatia before he chose to leave Juve for Al-Duhail last month, and the Morocco captain explained faith meant more to him than prestige.

“I think everyone should respect my choice because it was the right one for my family and I,” the 31-year-old said at his official unveiling.

“I want my children to grow up in an Islamic environment. I also chose Qatar because there are more Moroccan players here.

“Al-Duhail is the best option for me and my family. I want to win many trophies with this team.

“I’ve worn the jerseys of important clubs like Roma, Bayern Munich and Juventus. I’ve won several trophies but now I have other objectives and I think we can win the Asian Champions League.”

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