Candela weighs in on Benatia’s possible departure

Former AS Roma wing-back Vincent Candela spoke to TuttomercatoWeb about the possible departure of Mehdi Benatia:

“For Roma, it’d be a great loss because we’re talking about a player who has grown a lot since last season: he’s good with his feet and when going in on high balls, he didn’t score 5 goals for nothing. I’m staying hopeful, although I understand the logic of the transfer market. Alternatives? I think Davide Astori can start based upon what he proved at Cagliari, but I believe that if Benatia leaves, Sabatini already has a replacement in mind.”

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