The Algeria worldwide has resurrected his profession in Serie after he didn’t make the grade throughout the course of a two-year spell in north London with Arsenal.
Indeed, Bennacer made only a solitary senior look throughout a League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday earlier than he was loaned out to Tours by Arsene Wenger.
The gifted playmaker subsequently moved to and excelled at Empoli final season and earned himself a transfer to San Siro the place he has loved one other repute enhancing marketing campaign, regardless of Milan’s struggles.
City are on the point of surrendering their Premier League title to Liverpool and though their spending energy is perhaps restricted this summer time, Guardiola is already planning to rebuild a squad able to difficult Jurgen Klopp’s relentless successful machine.
According to RMC, Guardiola has already spoken to the 22-year-old and outlined his imaginative and prescient for the participant, who may group up together with his compatriot Riyad Mahrez on the Etihad Stadium.
Despite failing to make an impression at Arsenal, Bennacer harbours no sick feeling in the direction of his former membership and earlier this week credited the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla with having a significant impression on his profession.
‘I arrived in England in July 2015, then stayed in a hotel for the first two months because I didn’t need to stay with a household I didn’t know,’ he informed La Gazzetta dello Sport journal Sportweek.
‘I was 17 years old and couldn’t stay by myself, so my sister got here to stay with me, then the girl I’d been relationship since college who in England would go on to turn into my spouse.
‘Finally, in September, I got some time on the pitch, but I was thrown on after two other injuries against Sheffield, played wide left in a trident attack, which I had never done before. I felt incredible pressure and wasn’t certain what was occurring.
‘I by no means performed once more after that, however I’ve no regrets, as I nonetheless received to coach with essential gamers like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla. I had 4 years left on the Arsenal contract, however I needed to be at a membership the place they actually wished me.
‘I didn’t know Empoli, however I accepted a transfer down from the Premier League to Serie B as a result of they have been the membership who wished me essentially the most. I did the identical when deciding on Milan – I selected them for his or her historical past too, but in addition as a result of it was one of the best undertaking for me.’
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