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Ruben Castro returns to bolster Real Betis’ attacking options

Ruben Castro returns to bolster Real Betis’ attacking options

Ruben Castro has returned to Real Betis following his loan spell in the Chinese Super League.

After calling time on his Betis career in July, Castro opted to join the Chinese side on a five month loan deal.

Helping them gain eighth place in the standings, the 36-year-old netted seven goals in 12 games with four of those coming in the league.

Linked with a return to La Liga with former club Betis, Castro was said to be considering other options – but he has now linked back up with his old team-mates.

“What I want is to stay at Betis,” Castro told Diario de Sevilla.

“This year they are playing really well and the team is enjoying their football and the truth is I want to be part of that and play as much football as possible.

“My time in China? It was a beautiful experience and a wonderful time in my career which I did not always expect.”

During his career with Betis, Castro scored an impressive 135 goals in 250 games, winning the Pichichi on two occasions in 03/04 and 14/15.

Betis, who have started the season in good form currently sit eighth in the league standings.

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Having fell to a 2-0 deficit at the weekend against Getafe, Quique Setien’s side battled back with goals from in-form front-man Antonio Sanabria and summer signing Ryad Boudebouz.

Castro will now train with Betis until January 1 when he can be re-registered in La Liga.

His return sees a fresh attacking approach with links that in-form striker Sanabria could return to parent side Roma over the winter break.

The former Barcelona man has scored seven goals in ten games for Betis, but a buy-back clause with the Italian club has Andalusian officials concerned.