Benatia's weak foot is worth €30m - Sabatini mocks City bid

The defender has enjoyed a fantastic season with the Serie A club and has been the subject of a bid from Manchester City, but Sabatini insists they will have to double their bid
Mehdi Benatia's weak foot alone is worth €30 million, according to Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini, who values the centre-back at a total of €61m.

After a thoroughly impressive debut season in the Italian capital, the 27-year-old has attracted the attention of several of Europe's top clubs, with Premier League champions Manchester City having tabled a €30m bid for the Morocco international last week.

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But Sabatini has claimed Benatia is worth a minimum of €61m, and insisted the defender does not want to leave the Italian capital.

"Benatia is a guy with sound principles: he doesn't want to take a step away from the Roma fans or his team-mates," he told a press conference.

"Personally I think €30m is the value of Benatia's weak foot.

"If Benatia's weak foot is worth €30m then the total price would be €61m."

When pressed on the prospect of Benatia leaving the club, Sabatini claimed that only a huge offer would convince Roma to sell.

“Benatia is not for sale, unless someone comes to us with an offer of €61m,” he added. "With that we could improve the squad."

And Sabatini does not believe the star will press for a transfer, claiming he has "never played for himself" since joining the club from Udinese in 2013.

"Benatia has been completely coherent, he's never played for himself, always with and for the team," he said.