Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Man City

Monday, 06 April 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 0 W Brom

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Garcia firm over Benatia

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has ruled out selling star defender Mehdi Benatia and played down talk of a move for Hugo Lloris this summer

Last Updated: 21/05/14 at 12:57 Post Comment

Mehdi Benatia: Big season with Roma

Mehdi Benatia: Big season with Roma

Benatia joined Roma from Udinese last season and is now rated as one of the best defenders in Serie A after a sterling campaign.

Barcelona and Manchester City are widely reported to be competing to sign the 27-year-old, who is valued at over £30million.

However, Garcia insists that Roma are not looking to let the Morocco international leave, telling L'Equipe: "I hope we will be able to keep our best players.

"The extension for Miralem Pjanic is a strong signal: we want to keep our group and reinforce it.

"Mehdi Benatia has four years remaining on his contract and has no option to leave. So he will remain a Roma player next term.

"The fact clubs are attracted to him is logical considering this season.

"Our objective this summer is to not add to the wage bill, but logically we should not need to sell.

"We have to have the means to go on being in competition with Juventus and be good in the Champions League."

Lloris

Reports in France have linked Garcia with a bid for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but he has also played this down.

He added: "He is a fantastic keeper. But Morgan De Sanctis is too and our number two Lucasz Skorupski will have a bright future. So it is not a position where we will try to find any reinforcements."

Garcia was also asked about his own future at Roma, given he has just one year left on his current deal.

"I will remain here next season. The team will be on tour in the USA next week, where our main sponsor is and we will find time to talk.

"There is no emergency, I am under contract (until 2015). I have faith in the club's project and I am fine here. I want to stay."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after he scored 78 seconds into his debut appearance.

England 4-0 Lithuania: Harry Kane scores 78 seconds into debut

Harry Kane scored 78 seconds into his England debut from the bench as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Lithuania 4-0.

Scholes: Bale 'perfect' for United

Paul Scholes says Gareth Bale would be "a natural fit" for Manchester United and believes the winger could have the same impact as Eric Cantona.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company