Benatia Denies Allegations That He wanted to Represent Algeria

Rabat – Morocco international Mehdi Benatia responded to Algerian Satirical website Le Competiteur after the latter claimed the Bayern Munich Defender regretted not having opted for the Algerian national team.The former AS Roma defender urged via his twitter account the Algerian French-speaking website to stop publishing such made up ‘nonsense’, adding that he never regretted defending Morocco’s [email protected] arrêtez vos conneries avec vos inventions!S’il y a bien une chose que je ne regrette pas c’est bien d’avoir choisi le Maroc!!— Bena17 Officiel (@MedhiBenatia) December 22, 2014The Algerian republished an article in which they claim that the then AS Roma defender told Algerian international and Inter Milan player Saphir Taider, during a Serie A match opposing AS Roma to Inter, that he ‘regrets not choosing the Algerian national team.’ Le Competiteur went on to add that the only person who can “fulfill Benatia’s dream” to play for the Algerian side during Brazil’s World Cup will be nobody else but Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika himself.”Born in France to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother, the 26-years-old represented France at the U-17 level before he later decided to represent Morocco for which he played his first international match on 19 November 2008 against Zambia.