Transfer news

Madrid Castilla defender to join Betis

June 3, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Madrid Castilla right-back Juanfran Moreno has said he is joining Betis on a free transfer this summer.

Juanfran Moreno is joining Real Betis
GettyImagesJuanfran Moreno is moving to Betis

Juanfran, 22, who made his senior debut for Getafe in 2007-08 but has played for Castilla since 2009, had long been rumoured to have agreed terms with the Andalucian side.

And after his side’s 4-0 Segunda Division win over Alcorcon on Sunday, the Madrid-born defender, who has been ever-present for Castilla this season, said the move had been confirmed.

“I signed a good while ago,” he told AS. “But I have not spoken about it at all because I have been focused here and wanted to end the season well.”

He said his aim was to hold down a regular place in the Primera Division, adding: “I hope to fight for a place and to be first choice. I am going with the intention of playing, to do well and to help the team achieve its objectives.”

Juanfran used Twitter to voice his delight when Betis clinched a Europa league spot with a final day 1-1 draw at Levante on Saturday.

"Congratulations to @RBetisOficial for its European classification,” his tweet said. “Next year we will enjoy Europe together!!! Viva Betis...".

Betis are set for a busy summer, with many more new faces expected to arrive and 13 of last season's squad now out of contract.

Of these, first-choice goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel, 26, is reportedly close to signing for West Ham on a free transfer, while midfielder David Canas, also 26, is expected to join Swansea in a similar deal.