Manchester United and Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia is staying at Roma, according to reports from ESPN.

The Moroccan defender only signed for the Italian giants last summer, but his impressive displays at the Stadio Olimpico have led to links with a host of Europe’s top sides.

Although Roma have held firm to keep their man, talk in recent weeks has suggested that either Chelsea or United may be able to prise the classy enforcer away, but now it’s understood that he will be in Serie A for the coming season.

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Reports indicate that Benatia told fans at his club’s Austrian pre-season training camp to “relax” because he’s “staying put”.

Speculation earlier in the summer suggested that the 27-year-old was ready to quit Roma amid a contract dispute, but now it would appear that he’s backed down.

Manager Rudi Garcia has also played down talk of a move for his defensive star in recent times:

“As far as I can see he has a four-year contract and that’s all that needs to be said.”

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