Crystal Palace keeper Vicente Guaita is reportedly ‘delighted’ about interest from La Liga side Real Betis. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move back to Spain after impressing under Roy Hodgson this season. He kept ten clean sheets in 35 league games in the most recent campaign and helped Palace to finish a respectable 14th.
Manuel Pellegrini and Real Betis are very close to securing the singing of Brahim Diaz on a one year loan deal according to David Cejudo Alarcon of Onda Capital and Diario Sevilla. The 21-year-old had been urged by the likes of Jose Angel Sanchez and Zidane to spend a year away in order to secure more minutes at the first division level. Manuel Pellegrini, the new manager at Real Betis, has been a long time admirer of Brahim’s talents.
The Premier League side carry a 2-1 aggregate lead into the game after coming from behind to claim a memorable victory at the Bernabeu in February. Despite creating some of the better early chances with Thibaut Courtois busy and Sergio Ramos almost deflecting into his own net, City had fallen behind to an Isco strike on the break on the hour. To compound Madrid's woe, captain Ramos was sent off in the closing moments.
|Champions League (League Winners): Real Madrid|
|Champions League (League Position): Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Granada CF|
|Relegation (League Position): Leganés, Mallorca, Espanyol|