Roma president slams Mehdi Benatia over transfer exit

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AS Roma president James Ballotta has launched a scathing attacking on Mehdi Benatia, who left the club in the Summer in order to join German giants, Bayern Munich.

Earlier today, Benatia was quoted as saying that he never wanted to leave Roma, but was forced out of the club so that they could raise funds to reinvest in the club.

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However, Ballotta has been quick to rubbish those reports and has hit back at the Moroccan, claiming that he forced his way out of the club in order to join Munich.

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In the interview with the centre-back, Benatia was quoted as saying that he was wanted by Premier League duo; Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as Spanish giants; FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Also in the same interview, the 27-year-old said that he told the club he wanted to stay in Italy, but was told that he would be sold if an offer comes in for him due to their need to raise funds.

After seeing the interview and reading Benatia's quotes regarding the transfer saga, Roma's president has reacted to his former-employee and has said that it's another lie which has made him look like the innocent party.


Ballotta said: "Mehdi Benatia has obviously continued with his pattern of outright fabrications over the last couple of months.

"We had a verbal agreement on compensation and a raise back in July in Boston. He personally said to me that he was happy after I told him flat out with no exceptions that we wanted him to stay.

Ballotta then continued by accusing Benatia of lying to not only him, but to the club manager, Rudi Garcia, and also to all of his team-mates.

The president continued: "Over the following month he lied about wanting to stay and about the details of his compensation to both Rudi Garcia and his teammates.

"Lying to me was one thing which I can somewhat handle. Lying to Rudi Garcia and his teammates was completely unacceptable to me.


The president then revealed a conversation he had with the Director of Football at Roma and admitted that he wanted Benatia out of the club due to his actions.

He added: "I told Walter Sabatini he was becoming a poison and I wanted him gone, and Rudi and Walter agreed.

"It wasn't about the money; it was about having character in our locker room. We are in a very sound financial position.

"As owners of Roma, we make difficult decisions all the time. As a fan of Roma, I am deeply disappointed that one of our players could act this way."

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