Nelson apologises to Mel

Real Betis defender Nelson has apologised to boss Pepe Mel after being left out of the squad for Sunday’s game at Athletic Bilbao.

Mel revealed at a Press conference that the Portuguese international would not be travelling for the La Liga opener at San Mames due to physical problems.

However, the Cape Verde-born right-back [pictured left] later refuted allegations that he was not fit, although he then backtracked and has since expressed regret for his comments via his Twitter account.

“I’m sorry for my reply yesterday. I have become so obsessed with injuries that I hear the word and cannot think of anything else.

“The Coach referred to physical problems and if by that he means a lack of confidence then that is true, but soon I will be able to help the boss and my teammates achieve their objectives.”

In addition, the 29-year-old former Benfica player insisted he has a very good relationship with Mel.

“I want to let everyone know I have total confidence in the Coach and that he is a person who wants the best for me and for Betis.”

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