Totti urges Roma to fight off interest for highly-rated Benatia

Francesco Totti hopes Roma can hang onto Mehdi Benatia.

Paolo Bruno

Francesco Totti hopes Roma can fend off interest in Mehdi Benatia and keep the highly-rated center-back at Stadio Olimpico.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all reported to be keen on taking Benatia to the Premier League on the back of a standout season in Italy.

The 27-year-old Morocco international helped Roma to finish as runners-up in Serie A, with his commanding presence at the heart of their back four providing the most reliable of defensive foundations.

Benatia has, however, sparked speculation over his future by airing his disappointment at the terms offered in a contract extension proposal.

Roma skipper Totti is reluctant to be drawn into a debate regarding financial matters, but believes the club should be doing all they can to retain the services of a ‘top player’.

He told Sky Italia: "He is a strong player, who can perform at international level.

"Benatia is a top player and these are players that should be kept.

"I do not want to talk about the business matters, but I just hope that we can find a solution."