Benatia was a ghost of the player he once was – Roma chief

The Italian club have been very critical of the defender who was sold to Bayern Munich this summer, with the sporting director the latest to take fire on the Morocco international

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has criticised Mehdi Benatia, stating he had become a “ghost” of the player they once admired.

The defender brought an end to a long transfer saga when he joined Bayern Munich in the summer.

Since then, club president James Pallotta labelled the Morocco international a “liar” and said he was “poisonous”.

Now, Sabatini has launched another attack on the 27-year-old, stating that, when he left, he was a different player to the one who joined.

“The rock broke down,” Sabatini told Corriere dello Sport. “He no longer had the same motivation, he was not the player we had come to appreciate.

“When I stated the price for Benatia was €61 million, I still thought of the rock Benatia, who was inspired by a sacred fire. 

“The Benatia, we have sold for €28m plus €4m in bonuses, was no longer the same player, but his ghost.”

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