Javi Garcia has hailed Real Betis fans as ‘the best in Spain’ after completing his €1.5m move from Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The 30-year-old, formerly of Benfica and Manchester City, has signed a three-year contract with Los Verdiblancos.
“The last few weeks have been complicated because I knew there were chances to come here but things took a little longer than we expected,” Garcia told the Betis website.
“My intention the entire summer has been to come here, we are building a very exciting and ambitious project and I’m really glad to be a part of it now.
“I’m coming from a colder country and you miss home comforts so there is no better way than coming to Betis, who have the best fans in Spain, that’s for sure.”
Garcia is the ninth summer arrival at Estadio Benito Villamarin in what has been a busy summer at the club following the appointment of Lorenzo Serra Ferrar as vice president.