Benatia wants to confirm Manchester City, Barcelona interest

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Roma defender Mehdi Benatia has given the clearest indication yet that he wants to leave the club with some of Europe's giants hovering.

Roma's chances of keeping Mehdi Benatia at the club look increasingly slim and the central defender has hinted that he is hoping to join a bigger club.

Moroccan stopper Benatia was a rock in the Roma defence last season and the club had hoped to count on him for their 2014-15 Scudetto assault.

But Barcelona and Manchester City head a list of clubs who reportedly want to sign Benatia and could table an offer Roma would have little choice but to accept.

The player seems to have been swayed by the news of interest from big clubs and is said to be holding out for his salary to be doubled if he is to stay at Roma.

"I am happy at Roma. I have a contract for another four years and we are discussing a renewal," Benatia said on Koora.com, quoted by Sportmediaset. 

"There is no agreement over a renewal yet. I'm 27 years old and at the age where it's right to look around and check whether the interest of big clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Barcelona is real.

"My agent is dealing with these things. At the moment I am with my national team in training but I will let you know more when the time is right."

Benatia is widely valued at around £25m, which would be a significant sum for any suitor but Roma would be reluctant to accept any less.

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