Medhi Benatia plays down transfer talk

Udinese's Roberto Pereyra is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opener against Cagliari on December 2, 2012
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Udinese defender Medhi Benatia plays down suggestions that he will leave the club.

Udinese defender Medhi Benatia has admitted that it would take "an offer from a big club" to tempt him away from Serie A.

The 26-year-old, who joined the club from Clermont in 2010, is regarded as one of the best defnders in the Italian league.

Manchester United and Chelsea have both been linked with the centre-back, but the Moroccon has played down suggestions of a move.

"I am loving my time in Italy. The league is a very good one and to be honest an important Italian team will always be my first choice unless a huge English, Spanish or German club come for me," he told reporters at a press conference.

"The Italian league is a top championship with top clubs who are very attractive as well, so if I have an offer from a big club here I will listen to that club."

Benatia's contract runs until 2017.

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