Juventus strikes a permanent deal with Mehdi Benatia
Moroccan Centre-back Mehdi Benatia has struck a deal with Juventus on Friday as confirmed by the official website of the old ladies.
La Bianconeri brought Benatia on loan from Bayern Munich at the start of the season with an option-to-buy clause. They have exercised the clause and made the loan deal a permanent one as confirmed by the club.
Juve has reportedly spent €14.4M to buy the player from the Bavarian giants and has penned a three-year contract with him which will keep him at Turin until 30th June 2020.
The former Udinese and Roma defender joined FC Bayern Munchen amidst high hopes as Pep Guardiola envisioned him as a potential partner of Jerome Boateng at the heart of their defence. But things did not unfold according to plans and after an injury-stricken season with most of the times remaining sidelined, Benatia returned to Italy for more match time.
Although it is always tough to find a position in the first team ahead of the likes of Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli but Massimiliano Allegri kept faith on him and gave him opportunities more often than not.Benatia also lived upto the expectations as he has seemingly become a more evolved defender with great positional sense and world class passing accuracy.
Benatia has played in 17 matches for the Italian champions this season across all competitions and did so with merit.
With Barzagli nearing his retirement, the signing of the 30-year-old defender is seemingly an intelligent move by the UCL finalists.