Mehdi Benatia told he is staying at Roma

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Manchester City and Manchester United have been warned off signing Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia.

Both sides have been linked with making a move for the Moroccan international in the summer, however they have now been told by Roma manager Rudi Garcia that the 27-year-old will not be going anywhere before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Benatia has progressed into one of the finest defenders in Europe since joining Roma at the beginning of the season.

Roma conceded just 25 league goals last season - with Benatia playing a major role in his side's impressive defensive displays.

A number of top European sides - including Manchester City and Manchester United -  have shown an interest in the accomplished centre-back following his fine performances this season, however he has been told he will not be leaving the Stadio Olimpico any time soon.

Roma manager Garcia told L'Equipe: "Benatia has four years left on his contract and no release clause. He will remain with us next term.

"It's logical that clubs are interested in him, looking at the season he had."

Manchester City and Manchester United are likely to step up their interest in Eliaquim Mangala and Mats Hummels respectively now that they have been told they do not have a chance of signing Benatia.

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