Berlin - Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia
completed his medical on Wednesday and signed a five year deal with Bayern
Munich to seal his move from Serie A side Roma.
great opportunity for me and I'll be playing for one of the biggest clubs in
the world," said the 27-year-old.
"I had some
great times at Roma but I've been waiting impatiently for this new chapter in
my life," added Benatia.
Bayern said that
the two clubs have agreed not to disclose the fee for the French-born
centre-back, although Italian media reports estimated that Roma will receive £23.9 million.
That would be
made up of 26 million euros initially, with a further four million in potential
"He has the
necessary qualities to play for Bayern," added Bayern's sporting director
giants had been searching for defensive reinforcements after losing Javi
Martinez until the end of the calendar year when he suffered a serious knee
injury in the recent defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German SuperCup.
Brazilian right-back Rafinha is out with an ankle injury and Bayern are also
having to deal with the absences of Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
He joined Roma
last year from Udinese on a contract through to 2018.
Bayern began the
new Bundesliga season with a 2-1 win against Wolfsburg last Friday.
to Schalke this Saturday, August 30.