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Antonio Sanabria obtains Spanish passport to free up Betis’ allocation

Antonio Sanabria obtains Spanish passport to free up Betis’ allocation

Real Betis forward Antonio Sanabria has obtained a Spanish passport and will now free up a non-EU space in the Andalusian’s squad.

The former Barcelona youngster made his 50th appearance for Betis against Atletico Madrid at the weekend, but also played the game with a duel nationality, having sealed a Spanish passport prior to the game.

The move means Sanabria does not occupy one of the non-EU places in the squad, leaving Quique Setien with a chance to potentially sign a new player in January or next summer.

Sanabria has a current deal with Betis until 2021 and has made 44 appearances for Betis, scoring on 13 occasions.

The Paraguayan international began his career with Barcelona, before he made a move to Italian football with Sassuolo, but two appearances later saw him move to Roma.

A lack of appearances in the Serie A, Sanabria made the move back to Spain with Segunda side Sporting Gijon, before his impressions on the pitch saw Betis made a permanent move, with Roma retaining a 50% clause on the following transfer and a re-buy clause.

On 20 September 2017 he scored the winning goal in Real Betis’ 1-0 win over Real Madrid. It was Betis’ first win at the Bernabeu since October 1998, when Finidi George scored in another 1-0 victory.