I almost signed for Betis says Chico

Former Real Mallorca defender Jose Manuel Flores, commonly known as Chico, has revealed he almost signed for Real Betis this summer.

Los Verdiblancos wanted to sign the Cadiz-born player before the start of last season and according to Chico they made him a renewed offer a couple of months ago.

However, the 25-year-old rejected the Andalusians in favour of former Mallorca boss Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City for a fee of €2m, having previously had spells with Cadiz, Almeria and Genoa

“Before signing for Swansea I was on the verge of joining Real Betis,” he admitted to Canal Sur radio.

As a result, Betis boss Pepe Mel turned to Sochaux’s French-born Polish international Damien Perquis to reinforce his defence.

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