Official: Medhi Benatia leaves Juventus for Al-Duhail

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: Medhi Benatia of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and Bologna FC at Allianz Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has completed an €8m transfer to Qatari club Al-Duhail SC.

With just six appearances in all competitions this season under his belt, Benatia made the decision to end his two and a half year stay at Juventus in favour of a move outside of Europe for the first time in his career.

After reports emerged last week that Benatia had received a highly lucrative proposal from Al Duhail, Juventus confirmed on Monday that the transfer has gone through with the €8m fee to paid in two instalments within October 2019.

The Serie A champions later wished their former defender the best on social media with Benatia replying with his own regards and wished them luck for next month’s first leg Champions League game at Atletico Madrid. in their last-16 tie.

“Thank you all,” Benatia wrote on Twitter.

“It has been an immense pleasure! I hope to be able to come to Madrid to cheer for you – this Juve deserves it.”

Benatia had been at Turin since 2016 after arriving from Bayern Munich on an initial €3m loan deal before Juventus snapped him up on a permanent one for €17 a year later.

In total, the Morocco captain scored five times in 59 appearances across all competitions for Juventus and leaves with two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns.

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The 31-year-old has also played for Marseille, Tours, Lorient, Clermont, Udinese and AS Roma.

Now Benatia will turn his attention to helping Al-Duhail claim a seventh Qatar Stars League crown this season.

The club are coached by Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria and hope that a player of Benatia’s calibre and experience will prove most helpful in their bid to overhaul Al Sadd for the top spot.

Currently, Faria’s side trails the league leaders by a single point after 15 games and will be back in action at home to Al-Sailya on February 5 at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha.