Boudebouz: I’m not Ceballos

New Real Betis signing Ryad Boudebouz has rejected comparisons to Dani Ceballos, who left the club for Real Madrid earlier this summer.

The Algerian international completed his €7m move from Montpellier to Los Verdiblancos earlier this month to replace the 20-year-old who is now at the Bernabeu, but he rejected any direct comparisons.

“Ceballos is a great player, you need to be to sign for Real Madrid,” Boudebouz told reporters.

“He has a lot of quality but so do I and I want to make the difference for Betis in that position, but Ceballos is Ceballos and I am Boudebouz – we are different players.

“I like to be the axis of the team, playing centrally and helping to influence the game as much as possible; if the manager wants to play me wide then of course I will do it, I just love playing football.

“Betis are a huge club who are very significant in Spain and from pre season I can see they like to play stylish football, so I will fit right in.

“I spoke to Aissa Mandi and Jonas Martin and they both recommended here and that made up my mind, I had no doubts.

“The Spanish league is very technical so I believe I can settle in quickly.”

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