The 31-year-old, who was linked with a move to Arsenal and Marseille last summer, has recently revealed his frustration over the lack of opportunities he has been handed this season, and admits, despite his reluctance, he may have to depart the Turin-based club in January to gain more first-team football.
“I know that with five central defenders of high quality, it’s hard to find a place.
“It’s not nice to play from time to time, I would like to be on the field at least once a week because otherwise I have no continuity and I cannot give the best of myself.
“I am available and I do not want to leave. In January, we will see where I am and if (coach Massimiliano) Allegri still wants me.”
Despite the resurgence in Arsenal’s forward play under Unai Emery this season, it’s clear to see that the Spaniard still has defensive problems to fix and could do with improving during the winter period if they are to continue their fine form.
Benatia was reportedly on Arsenal’s radar last summer and it will be interesting to see if they attempt to sign him when the January transfer window opens.