Benatia’s agent speaks

Moussa Sissoko, the agent to Roma’s Mehdi Benatia, spoke to after the Moroccan centerback angered both Roma and their fans after claiming he would “dream” of a move to Barcelona or Manchester City:

“Please note that he (Benatia) didn’t say he wanted to leave. He was asked a specific question over his contract at Roma saying that he was made an offer which has been refused. So what? There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s the truth. This does not mean he’ll leave, since Roma own the player’s card they’ll decide.”

The words have angered the player’s club after proclaiming the interest of “big” clubs…
“Even over here (in France) things are being manipulated. Mehdi did not say he dreams of going to Barcelona, Bayern, or Manchester City. It’s clear that the interest of these clubs flatters him and this seems like a normal thing. A lot of misunderstadings have come about because of this interview.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.