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Diego Lainez delighted with move to Europe: Real Betis was ‘best decision’ for me

Diego Lainez delighted with move to Europe: Real Betis was ‘best decision’ for me

Mexican wonder-kid Diego Lainez was officially unveiled in the clubs famous green and white on Tuesday with many fans eagerly anticipating his debut.

The 18-year-old was included in Thursday’s Copa del Rey game against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián with many fans licking their lips.

It’s been a world wind week for Lainez who arrived in Seville from Mexico City on Saturday, passed his medical the following day on Sunday, before training for the first time on Monday, and could now make his debut against Sociedad in the Copa Del Rey round-of-16.

Speaking to the club on Tuesday Lainez said:

“I feel good, I feel in form and I’m at the disposition of the coach [Quique Setién].

“He will make the decision with his coaching staff and evaluate when I am ready.”

Lainez joined Los Verdiblancos in La Liga from Club America in Liga MX where he featured a total of 39 times, scoring 5 over a two-season spell, catching the eye of several European clubs.

The wide-man who will wear the number 25 for Betis, has featured for the Mexican national team at U17, U20, U21 and Senior levels, generating a combined 23 caps, scoring just 3 in the process.

There is no doubt that La Liga will be a step up in quality for the youngster but a challenge he will relish as Setién’s side push for a European place and if Lainez can hot the ground running he could soon become a cult figure at the Benito Villamarin.