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Ruben Castro packing his bags for China return

Real Betis striker Ruben Castro is reportedly set for a move back to the Chinese Super League.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a four month spell with Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng after leaving Betis last summer, but later returned to Spain in the January transfer window, making his return to the Betis first team.

Castro, who is a fan favourite at the Benito Villamarin, has started just one game since returning to the club, making three more appearances from the bench, scoring once from the penalty spot.

His return has been rather overshadowed by the emergence of youngster Loren Moron, who has netted three goals in two games since being promoted from the B team earlier this month.

Whilst Betis are keen for Castro to see out his current contract until June 2019, it is understood that interest from China is tempting the Spaniard to return to the Asian country.

The window for signing players in China remains open until 28 February and a number of clubs are showing interest in the veteran striker.

The Chinese Super League are said to have made an offer for Castro, from which a club in the league will bid for the striker.

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During his career with Betis, Castro has scored an impressive 148 goals in 281 games, whilst he won the Pichichi on two occasions, becoming Betis’ all-time leading scorer in the mean-time.

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