Juventus manager Massimo Allegri has expressed his intention to keep Medhi Benatia at the club.

The Morrocan defender has been heavily linked with both Manchester United and Arsenal after falling out of favour in Turin.

Leonardo Bonucci’s dramatic return after a year in Milan has meant game time is hard to come by at the Old Lady for Benatia.

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Arsenal were touted as a potential destination for the player over the summer and the Gunners could go back in for him during the January window.

Reports in Italy claim that contact has been made, but Allegri is keen to keep him as part of his squad for the immediate future.

Speaking to the media about the player’s future, as cited on Goal, Allegri played down rumours of a move away.

Benatia? When you are in a big team there’s time when you can stay out. I think he played 50% of our games so far. He’s an important player.

The Gunners will be keen to strengthen at the back in the near future with concerns over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny.

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