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Juventus makes Benatia move permanent

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The Italian record champions pulled the option on Medhi Benatia after he spent this season on loan from Bayern.

Juventus FC v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

This news was expected by most, but now it is official: Moroccan international Medhi Benatia has now joined Juventus Turin on a permanent basis, after being loaned out for this season from FC Bayern Munich.

The 30-year old was not happy in Bavaria, and had never really been able to solidify a spot in Bayern’s starting rotation, partially due to numerous injury problems. This lead to a loan deal with Juve last summer for a €3 million fee. At the same time, the Serie A champs had secured an option to buy, in which case another €17m were due to the Reds.

Despite only managing 18 games across all competitions for Juventus, of which he played through only nine of them, club management apparently had seen enough to warrant slapping down the money to buy him out of his Bayern contract.

This is a good move for all parties involved. Juventus adds a strong backup to their already robust center back rotation, Bayern unloads a contract for a player that wasn’t going to get much playing time amid competition from Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Javier Martinez — who may move into the midfield next season — and incoming Niklas Süle, and the Moroccan gets to permanently stay in Serie A, where he has enjoyed the most success in his career.

Good luck, Medhi, and see if you can grab a hold of that cup with the big ears at the end of the month.