Stoke’s Muniesa wants Betis move

Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa has confirmed he wants to return to Spain and join Real Betis in the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old joined Stoke in 2013 after graduating from Barcelona’s La Masia youth system but has made only 60 appearances for Mark Hughes’ side in that time, including only four this season, prompting him to seek opportunities elsewhere.

“We spoke to Miguel Torrecilla (Betis sporting director) in August, but Stoke didn’t want to let me leave then. I like the idea of going to Betis. I’ve watched all of their games since then,” Muniesa told Correo de Andalucia.

“I’m from Lloret de Mar and in my people there are many betícos friends who tell me about the club, tell me to sign for Betis.

“It has always attracted me a lot, I’ve already played there with Barça B some years ago and I was delighted with the stadium and the people.

“I’ve said it a few days ago in an interview, my intention is to leave, what happens is that now I’m playing and I’ve also scored a goal, I’m in good form.”

New Betis boss Victor Sanchez del Amo has already confirmed he is keen to bolster his defence in January, but with a reported €500k only available to spend on transfer funds, a loan deal may be the preferred option, with midfielder Charly Musonda set to return to Chelsea.

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