Benatia seduced and abandoned by Manchester City

Mehdi Benatia playing for Morocco

Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is preparing to resign himself to staying at the Stadio Olimpico after reportedly being led on by Manchester City.

Mehdi Benatia may be left in the awkward position after pushing for a move to Manchester City which now appears to have fallen by the wayside.

The Moroccan defender rose to stardom last season with his impeccable performances at the heart of Roma's defence, playing a crucial role in the Giallorossi's runners-up finish in Serie A.

Benatia became a reported target for a long list of big clubs around Europe with Manchester City making the most definite moves.

The gifted centre-back responded to the interest by becoming unsettled in the Eternal City and reportedly demanding Roma double his wages.

However, according to Il Tempo, Benatia will have to turn up to Roma's first pre-season meeting with his tail between his legs.

The paper has the headline: "Seduced and abandoned by Manchester City: Benatia will be at the meeting" and claims that the Manchester club have chosen Porto's Eliaquim Mangala instead.

It is being widely reported that Man City are very close to agreeing a £32 million swoop for Mangala, which would end any possibility of moving for Benatia.

Benatia reportedly believed he was set to sign for the Premier League champions and had started to act as if the deal was done.

It is possible, however, that another club will come in for Benatia who has also been linked with Chelsea and Barcelona in the past.

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