Benatia: “I train alone”

Interviews via Twitter, Mehdi Benatia continues to expose himself. If a month ago he did so too sharply, accusing Rome of failing to offer a pay rise, yesterday he preferred to discretely play with fire.

Yesterday Benatia reportedly revealed that he does not want to leave for Roma’s US tour, which begins later this month. Reports suggest he confided in friends during an outbreak but has yet to communicate these feelings to the club. A picture on Twitter yesterday showed him training alone on a football pitch in Morocco -the comment with the picture reads – “Training alone at 40 degrees. A massacre, but they arrange it”

At Trigoria, the directors of the club are not worried.  A player who trains alone isn’t necessarily a problem and the corporate line is always the same: Benatia has been called up for the start of training on the 15th of July and will remain at the club unless the Giallorossi receive an offer of 35-40 million, or maybe even more. Manchester City have an agreement with Benatia but have yet to agree a few with Roma. Roma management are convinced that Benatia will not be able to force a move expect him to remain at the club.

Concerning the transfer plan submitted to President Pallotta last week, there was a discussion about a potential situation where Benatia is sold. Sabatini knows that if Benatia leaves, the priority would be to sign Eliaquim  Mangala immediately. Rudi Garcia is also fond of the Porto defender but Roma know that he will be very expensive.

Meanwhile, Garcia feels “covered” by the imminent arrival of Marko Basa, from Lille, who will replace Toloi as the third choice centre back.