Mehdi Benatia to ‘turn down summer approach from Arsenal’

Date published: Wednesday 4th May 2016 10:02

Mehdi Benatia: Linked with Arsenal move

Mehdi Benatia would prefer to return to former club Roma than consider a switch to Arsenal, should the Moroccan leave Bayern Munich this summer.

The Gunners are reportedly on the look-out for defensive recruitments this summer, amid reports they will allow Per Mertesacker to leave the Emirates, and there has been claims that Benatia could be a target.

The defender has struggled to nail down a regular first-team spot at Bayern Munich this season but the player has hinted he would prefer a move back to Serie A and Roma.

When asked about a potential return to Roma, Benatia said: “I would certainly do it, everyone knows that Rome is a special place for me.

“So many people have remained in my heart.”

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