Ex AS Roma defender, Mehdi Benatia has come out to say that he tried to convince Hakim Ziyech to join the Italian club.
He recently revealed that he obviously failed as the Ajax player eventually signed for Chelsea.
According to him, Totti was ready to get a deal done but Roma chairman, James Pallotta failed to approve of it.
He added that Ziyech would’ve been the man for Roma but Pallota saw it as an excessive expense, so the move failed.
His words, “I had tried to get him to come to Roma, and he would’ve run to join this club,”
“I spoke to Francesco Totti and Edin Dzeko, telling them that this is the man they want. As a director, Francesco did everything he could to get the deal concluded, but Pallotta said it would be ‘an excessive expense’ and nothing ever came of it.”
Pn Hakimi, “Hakimi is probably the jewel in the crown of this generation of Moroccan players. He is already one of the five best wing-backs in Europe, while in a couple of years, he’ll be contending Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool for first place,”
“Hakimi called me before he signed for Inter. I told him Italy was the best move he could possibly make.
“It was also perfect, as Inter will help him to grow tactically. Everyone wanted him, from PSG to Bayern Munich, but he can refine his talent and become a more complete player in Italy, especially with a coach like Antonio Conte.”