Massimiliano Allegri ends transfer rumors surrounding a top Barcelona target

Barcelona are looking to bring in reinforcements in January, with the club struggling for depth at the moment but it looks like the Juventus boss has quashed any rumours surrounding his stars.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has had to watch as rumours link the best stars from his team-sheet to the best of best. From Paulo Dybala all the way to Alex Sandro, have been linked with moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and a few other European giants, but the Juventus boss has had enough.

With latest rumours linking a top centre-back to Barcelona, Allegri has come out to quash any signs of a transfer for Medhi Benatia. The 31-year-old been linked with a move away in recent weeks, amid rumours that the Moroccan star is getting unhappy with the lack of game-time. With Leonardo Bonucci’s return from AC Milan, Benatia has seen his playing time reduced even more despite being among Juventus’ best players last season.

He arrived from Bayern Munich for a mere 17 million and was one of the bargain signings of the season, with him becoming Juventus’ literally rock at the back. Despite being 31 years old, Benatia still has a lot to offer his suitors and reports from ESPN among others indicate that Arsenal, Manchester United and even Barcelona are after his signature.

However, in an interview after the clash against Manchester United, Allegri went on to say “Benatia? When you are in a big team there’s a time when you can stay out. I think he played 50% of our games so far. He’s an important player.” 

This comes after Benatia himself went on to say “I’m struggling playing a game every now and then Last year I did well because I had more consistency, unfortunately, I don’t have it this year. It’s part of my job, and I work to always be ready, but it’s not a pleasant situation.

It’s normal that I’m not enjoying it, I’m 31 and I want to play as much as possible. January? Let’s see what happens, how I’m used, if Juve still need me, if Allegri wants me…I’m available to the team, as long as I’m here I’ll give my all. If I’m needed in the Champions League I’ll be ready.”

Author’s take:

Medhi Benatia has shown that he can play and perform alongside the best in the world, but the 31-year-old is at a crucial stage in his career. While Massimiliano Allegri coming out in favour of the Moroccan star, will Benatia stay at Juventus playing second fiddle to Leonardo Bonucci? Or should he leave and go somewhere wherein all likely-hood he will be a key star.

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