Former Manchester United target Medhi Benatia has revealed that his desire to move his family to an Islamic country was the leading factor in his decision to snub the approaches of major European sides in January.
The Moroccan player signed for Al Duhail in Qatar for a reported fee of
"I faced criticism from the Moroccan sports critics after moving to Doha but I want everyone to respect my decision because it was the best for me and for my family," the ex-Bayern Munich player said.
“I want my kids to grow up in an Islamic atmosphere, and I could go to clubs in the UAE or Saudi Arabia but I preferred to be with Al Duhail."
Despite moving to a lesser-known league, Benatia still harbours hope of competing with the Moroccan national team, who he has 55 caps with and captained at the 2018 World Cup
"[...] there are a lot of Moroccan players who play in the national team and are with the Gulf clubs," he added. "[Morocco] coach Herve Renard knows me well and if he sees that I do not deserve to be with the national team, I will respect this decision."
Source : 90min