Mehdi Benatia: "I became a member of the Qatari club, so that children grow up in Islamic culture" -

Mehdi Benatia, a former defender of Roma and Juventus, explained why he moved to the Qatari Al-Duhail club.

The 31-year-old Moroccan left Juventus at the end of January and decided to join the club from Qatar, despite rumors of Manchester United's interest.

"I was criticized in Morocco for moving to Doha, but I want my decision to be respected because it's better for me and my family," quotes the official website of the Qatari Club Benatia. – I want my children to grow up in an Islamic culture. The national coach knows me well, and if he decides that I am not good enough for the national team, I will make this decision.

Benatia played 55 games for the Moroccan national team and led the team to the field with a captain's armband at the last World Championship in Russia.