Tuesday July 9 2013
Benatia admits to PSG interest

Mehdi Benatia's move from Udinese to Roma is likely to be completed later this week, but the Morocco international has admitted that he almost joined PSG.

The 26-year-old is on the verge of a move to Rudi Garcia's men after, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, an €8m deal was agreed last week.

The defender though, has revealed that he was close to signing for the Ligue 1 champions.

“Two years ago Leonardo wanted me to go to Paris Saint-Germain,” he told L'Equipe.

“They did everything to get me. Udinese did not want to sell me after just one season in Serie A though.

“There was also some interest last year, but they bought Thiago Silva – and it's normal to want the best defender in the world.

“I can only speak well of Leonardo. I have a good relationship with them.”l

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