Roma adamant they will not sell £12m United & City target

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AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia says that Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona target Mehdi Benatia won’t be leaving the Eternal City this summer.

The season only just ended and Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia is already hot property on the transfer market.

To be more precise, the Moroccan has been the target of envious eyes from around Europe for the better part of the last five months.

Benatia arrived at the Stadio Olimpico last July from Udinese for £12million, and proved to be one of the signings of the summer with a dominating campaign in the Italian capital.

By January Manchester United were already said to be lining up a move for his services, whilst Manchester City and Barcelona have joined a growing list of elite suitors in the past weeks.

And conflicting reports have suggested that Roma view the mounting interest in two diametrically opposed ways.

Whilst some sections of the Italian press have claimed that the Giallorossi are resigned to losing Benatia, others maintain that the Serie A giants are entirely unwilling to sell their star defender.

But according to Roma boss Rudi Garcia, the 27-year-old will be going nowhere in the coming months.

He told L’Equipe: “[Miralem] Pjanic’s contract renewal is a signal. We will keep our players and reinforce.

“Benatia has four years left on his contract and no release clause, he will remain with us next term.

“It’s logical that clubs are interested in him, looking at the season he had.”

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