News update – signings, money and Euro 2016

It doesn’t seem like five minutes since the season finished, but Real Betis are already a club on the move. With Gus Poyet at the helm and new Sporting Director Miguel Torrecilla hitting the ground running, things are moving quickly again at the club.

Signings and potentials

First signing of the season was Riza Durmisi. He’s a very promising 22 year old Danish full back who likes to get forward. He’s already played 10 times for the national team including the other day against Bosnia where it’s reported he had a very good game, helping to set up two goals. Last season the left-footer was making a good name for himself and attracting attention all over Europe, including from Everton. In 2015 he won Brondy Player of the Year which inclined Betis to activate his €2m release clause and sign a 5 year deal.

Also in Torrecilla’s line of sight is French central midfielder Jonas Martin. He’s currently contracted to French side Montpellier but will definitely leave this summer with a lot of teams interested in the 25 year old. It’s reported that Betis will have to bid around €3m but the decision will be in the player’s hands as to where he wants to go.

The central midfield is a priority position for Betis to improve. I still say that since Beñat left in 2013, it’s a position that has never been filled. It wasn’t a strong position last year with Betis rarely dominating games from the middle of the park, despite the likes of Alfred N’Diaye and Dani Ceballos trying their best. The signing of Van der Vaart last summer has been a complete let down and Xavi Torres, Petros and Digard just aren’t good enough. For me Ceballos needs someone to play alongside who he can also learn from.

Charly Musonda was one of the shining lights of last season, despite only arriving in January. The future of the Chelsea loanee will be decided in the next few days and Betis will have everything crossed that the young Belgian arrives back at the Estadio Benito Villamarin this summer. Chelsea want him to go on loan again but Betis have a tough fight on their hands with some big guns entering the fray such as Roma and Borussia Dortmund.

TV money

Club president Ángel Haro went to the Asamblea de la Liga this week and confirmed that Betis have received their biggest ever share of the TV money, which in the past has been mostly sequestered by Real Madrid and Barcelona. This season will be the first where the money for television rights is spread out more fairly, like it is in the Premier League, and get this, Betis are to receive between €47-50 million. Definitely a tidy sum for Betis’ standards. Last year for example, we received around €30m from broadcasting rights.

It’s more likely that I will be announcing news and things as they happen on my Twitter feed – @hardmanbs – then summing them up in a blog post on here, so follow me for more reactionary, as it happens updates.

Euro 2016

The tournament kicks off in France in less than a week!!! Can’t wait. Spain have got a strong looking squad which includes one Manuel Agudo Durán – aka Nolito.

nolito manolo

Mi amigo Manolo with Nolito in Sanlúcar

I’ve been interested in Nolito’s career for a good while, since meeting him at the Feria de la Manzanilla in Sanlúcar de Barrameda a few years back. He’s been one of the best forwards in Spain this season for Celta Vigo and throughly deserves his place (although Rubén Castro did score more goals than him). In the pre-tournament friendlies he’s scored braces against Bosnia and South Korea and could very well start the first match against Czech Republic. He’s been backed by La Roja legend David Villa and we here at wish him the best of British!

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