Bayern Munich's Medhi Benatia happy to return to Italy with Juventus

Medhi Benatia has been officially announced as a Juventus player and says he is looking forward to winning with the Serie A squad.

Medhi Benatia says he is happy to return to Italy with Juventus after spending two seasons at Bayern Munich.

Benatia, 29, signed a one-year loan deal with the Serie A champions on Friday after failing to command a starting place with Bayern.

The Morocco international defender is now focused on helping Juve retain the league title for a sixth season and improving on their run to the quarterfinals in the Champions League.

He told a news conference: “I wanted to return to Italy and to join Juventus was a logical choice for me. The aim is to retain our supremacy in Italy and be competitive in Europe. I don’t think Juventus are missing a whole lot to win the Champions League.

“I can play both in a three and four-man defence. I’m available to help the team whatever the formation.”

Benatia will link up with former Roma teammate Miralem Pjanic in Turin — something he is looking forward to.

“Miralem is a great player and friend of mine,” he added. “I feel happy and fortunate to play with him again.”

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