Former Morocco captain Mehdi Benatia has said he will be taking time to consider offers from several clubs after bidding farewell to Qatari side Al Duhail.
The 34-year-old announced his decision to leave Duhail after two-and-a-half years. He helped the team win the 2019 Emir of Qatar Cup and the league title a year later.
“It’s the end of a great experience in an exceptional country!” he posted.
“Such an ambitious club Duhail SC which for 2 and a half years offered me the best working conditions.
“A big thank you to Sheik Mr KHK (Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani), to the president Mr Khalifa Khamis, to all the coaches that I have worked with, to the various staffs and to all the players.
“Now it’s time for vacation! I still have as much ambition and passion, which is why I will take the time to study each of the proposals made to me to decide what my future holds.”
The former Roma and Juventus player has been linked with a return to Italy with Genoa reportedly interested in signing him. Benatia also played for Udinese in the Serie A, previously so will be comfortable going back to the country.
Benatia retired from international football following the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt, after earning 66 caps for Morocco.
He appeared at four editions of the AFCON and also feature for his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Benatia was born in France but chose to represent his father’s Morocco at the international level, making his debut in 2008.