Monday Jun 07, 2021. 11:00
Former Morocco captain Mehdi Benatia says he is considering offers from several clubs after leaving Qatari champions Al Duhail SC.
The 34-year-old central defender has decided to leave the Red Knights after two-and-a-half years which saw him help the team clinch the 2019/20 Qatari Stars League title.
Benatia, who has played for Italian giants Juventus and German champions Bayern Munich, announced his decision to leave Al Duhail on his official Instagram page:
“It’s the end of a great experience in an exceptional country!” Benatia posted.
“Such an ambitious club Duhail SC which for 2 and a half years offered me the best working conditions.
“A big thank you to Sheik Mr KHK (Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani), to the president Mr Khalifa Khamis, to all the coaches that I have worked with, to the various staffs and to all the players.
“Now it’s time for vacation! I still have as much ambition and passion, which is why I will take the time to study each of the proposals made to me to decide what my future holds.”
Benatia, who has also turned out for Udinese and AS Roma in Italy, has been linked with a return to a European country with Genoa reportedly interested in signing him.
Born and raised in France, Benatia represented his father’s Morocco at international level having made his debut for them in 2008.
He represented the nation at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2018 FIFA World Cup and he announced his retirement from international football, having earned 66 caps in 2019.