Roma boss Rudi Garcia insists that Medhi Benatia will not join Manchester City or Barcelona this summer, Daily Mail reports.

Benatia has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stadio Olympico after an impressive first season with the Roman club, with Man City and Barcelona very interested.

But Roma manager Garcia is looking to keep the highly-rated defender as they prepare for another title challenge next season.

“Miralem Pjanic’s contract renewal is a signal. We will keep our players and reinforce,” the former Lille manager told L’Equipe.

“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.”

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique however sees the Moroccan defender as the perfect replacement for the retiring Carles Puyol, with Roma valuing Benatia at £25million.

City, on the other hand, are still considering their options after UEFA’s Financial Fair Play ruling is forcing the Citizens to include an unusually higher number of ‘homegrown’ players.

They are therefore looking at the likes of Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross as an alternative to the Roma defender.

 

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