OFFICIAL: Algeria's Medhi Benatia Signs For Juventus

Italian champions Juventus have signed Medhi Benatia on loan from Bayern Munich with the option of making the deal permanent in 2017.

The Italian champions said on their website that they have an option to buy the 29-year-old at the end of the deal.

Juventus said they have paid $3.3 million (£2.5m) for the loan period and will have to part with $18.8 million (£14.3m) to make the move permanent.

It is a return to Serie A for Benatia after spells at Udinese and Roma.

He signed for Bayern in 2014 and made 23 appearances for the German club last season.

He had hinted earlier this year that he would consider his future after Bayern re-signed Germany defender Mats Hummels from rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Benatia was born in France but opted to play for Morocco at international level and has now earned 42 caps.

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