Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Spain

Benat Etxebarria © Action Images

Betis coach urges Benat to stay



Real Betis coach Pepe Mel has advised coveted playmaker Benat Etxebarria to stay on at the Andalusian club for the rest of the season and not let himself be lured away in the January transfer window.

One of a rich crop of talented Spanish midfielders, Benat has broken into the senior Spain squad this year and has caught the eye in La Liga by scoring a series of superbly executed free kicks.

The 25-year-old is a graduate of Athletic Bilbao's youth academy and the Basque club, flush with cash after Javi Martinez's move to Bayern Munich, are one possible destination should he decide to leave Betis.

"My advice to him is that the best thing to do, for all the siren calls that he hears, is to continue developing with Betis until the summer," Mel told a news conference on Thursday.

"He is in the hands of his agent and the club," added the 49-year-old former Rayo Vallecano coach.

"He trains every day, he plays well or less well but he always gives his all. He is fundamental for us and he challenges himself more each day."

Known for his infectious enthusiasm and part-time career as a novellist, Mel helped Betis win promotion back to the top flight in the 2010-11 season after two years in the second division and his side have outperformed this term.

The Seville-based club are fourth on 19 points, one behind Real Madrid, and can climb above the champions with a win at home to Granada on Friday.

"Every day that I get up and go to coach Betis is like a holiday," Mel said.

"I have the same joy I had two and a half years ago, with the same desire each week," he added.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref Moss was right to banish Jose
Referee Jon Moss recently banished Manchester United and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to the...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Wenger will take the point
The last time Arsenal were as poor as they were this weekend at Old Trafford was in Robin van...

Segun Odegbami
The next African Player of the Year!
The award ceremony for the 2016 Best African Player of the Year comes up in January in Nigeria, but...

Sunday Oliseh
Why no love for Leipzig?
With 12 German Bundesliga league games played, this team has now won nine matches, drawn three,...