Mehdi Benatia slammed by Roma president over transfer plans

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Roma president James Ballotta has slammed defender Mehdi Benatia over his controversial exit to German giants Bayern Munich, reports The Express

In fact, Ballotta has accused the centre-half of  'lying' to him, and has revealed that he's extremely disappointed by the player's actions. Benatia, of course, was also heavily linked with a move to the Premier League over the course of the summer, with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all credited with interest in his signature. 

The Moroccan even insisted that he received offers from Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City, before opting for Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich. 

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Verbal agreement 

Ballotta, meanwhile, has insisted that the club had a verbal agreement with the player that he would stay at the Italian outfit for this season. 

The Roma president 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.

"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.

"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."

Premier League blow

The likes of Chelsea and Manchester City will certainly be disappointed that they were unable to land the centre-half in this past transfer window. Jose Mourinho's side will have to make do with the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill in their back-line, whilst City landed Eliaquim Mangala, who is likely to partner Vincent Kompany this term. 

Manchester United, meanwhile, landed Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, but look in need of more recruitments in their back-line, whilst Arsenal signed Calum Chambers from Southampton after letting ex-club captain Thomas Vermaelen leave for Spanish giants Barcelona. 

All four Premier League clubs will be in action this weekend, with Manchester United playing host to QPR, Chelsea taking on Welsh outfit Swansea City at Stamford Bridge, and Arsenal and Manchester City going head-to-head at the Emirates. 

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