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Camarasa turned down Brighton for Betis revival

Camarasa turned down Brighton for Betis revival

Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa has revealed he rejected a move to Brighton in order to help the La Liga club return to their best.

Having only joined the Andalucian club during the summer, reports this month linked the midfielder with an exit after interest from a number of Spanish and English clubs.

Brighton were amongst those with genuine interest and a reported €10 million from the English side saw the former Levante man expected to leave the Benito Villamarin.

Despite Fabian Ruiz being a preferred option for Betis boss Quique Setien however, Camarasa rejected the chance to move and he has opened up about his decision to stay in Spain.

“When I first joined Betis, I knew exactly how big a club this is,” Camarasa told EFE.

“I rejected many big teams to come here and my idea is to triumph at the club and help bring us back to where we belong in Spanish football.

“My only thought is to continue here to work on our objectives and help finish the project which we have started.”

Betis were active in the January transfer window, having signed former Barcelona man Marc Bartra from Borussia Dortmund, whilst they also renewed the contract of Ruiz, who has been interesting a number of European clubs.

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Despite their good work over the month, failure to lure Roque Mesa and Miguel Layun saw both players sign for city rivals Sevilla last week.

Sitting 13th in the La Liga standings, Betis host in-form Villarreal this weekend looking to push further up the table with a win able to take them up as high as eighth place.