Benatia to Manchester United? Juventus boss Allegri reacts to defender announcement

Juventus Coach Max Allegri has played down rumours Manchester United target Medhi Benatia could leave the club in the January transfer window.

Benatia is regarded as one of the finest defenders in Seria A, and has been for a few years now, but is very unhappy at the Champions due to the lack of game time he has been receiving this season, admitting that he may look to leave in January if things do not improve.

And that reportedly alerted United to a possible £35 million deal, as Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Benatia and would love to add the 31-year old to his back-line, which has already conceded seventeen goals in the Premier League this season.

however, Juventus welcome United to Turin on Wednesday night in the Champions League, and Allegri brushed off Benatia’s comments ahead of the game.

‘It would certainly be just a case of him letting off steam,’ Allegri said on the TMW website.

‘Being in a big club also means being able to be left out. I think Benatia has played about half our 14 games this season in a part of the team where there are important players.

‘Players like him are hard to find and the same goes for (Andrea) Barzagli, (Giorgio) Chiellini and (Daniele) Rugani. Occasionally, there is an outburst.’

Will things change for Benatia at Juventus or could he leave in January?

It is clear that Allegri has a preference for whom he plays at the back, and right now Benatia is down the pecking order at Turin. So if things do not change then yes he could depart the club in January, despite the fact Allegri has played down reports.

But United will not be the only club interested in a potential deal if he comes onto the market and they will need a big offer to tempt him to Old Trafford, because big players want to win things, and the way United are playing right now they are heading for another trophy-less season.

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