Benatia will not seek exit
Mehdi Benatia is flattered by reported interest from elite clubs around Europe but will not force a move from Udinese.
By Giscard Gourizro
Last Updated: 26/04/11 3:49pm
Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia is flattered by reported interest from elite clubs around Europe but will not force a move this summer.
Reports in his homeland have linked the Morocco international with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Liverpool amid a fine first season in Serie A upon his arrival from Clermont Foot.
However, the 24-year-old admits he owes a lot to Udinese for giving him an opportunity in Italy's top flight and is reluctant to add fuel to the fire.
"I am flattered by the attention from all the big clubs, but Udinese is also a big club for me," he told skysports.com.
"They gave me a great platform to play in a tough league in Serie A. I am relaxed and want to finish the season strongly.
"To be linked with Real Madrid is fantastic. Mourinho is a top coach who knows good defenders. AC Milan is also a top club, so it means I am doing well.
"You never know, but I am an Udinese player and I respect this club."