Friday October 12 2018
'Sevilla wanted to sign Giovani Lo Celso before Real Betis'

Sevilla wanted to sign Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso, now at rivals Real Betis, before joining Paris Saint-Germain.

The central midfielder is on a season-long loan deal from the Parisian club, with current Real Valladolid sports director Miguel Angel Gomez – who spent 19 seasons at Sevilla – making the revelation.

“We loved Celso at Sevilla so Monchi went to sign him,” Gomez is cited as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.

“But Paris Saint-Germain came in and paid €10m to Rosario for him, and that was a lot for a 20-year-old at the time.

“Real Betis are in a really strong cycle, a high level of play, they are in Europe and are signing players of the calibre of Lo Celso and William Carvalho.

“Valladolid are a team who fight for every ball and will battle every minute, so we know we will have less possession and a different gameplan, we must work as a block.”

Football Italia website