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Mexicans Abroad: Diego Lainez On His Way To Spain

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 09: Diego Lainez #20 of America drives the ball during the semifinal second leg match between America and Pumas UNAM as part of the Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX at Azteca Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

After weeks of speculation surrounding the 18-year-old, Diego Lainez is now officially on his way to join Andrés Guardado at Real Betis.

Reports were coming out that he was closest with Ajax but Real Betis swooped in late for the midfielder. Also, it is reported that Real Betis made a last-ditch effort with more money for Lainez. This news has fans excited because it is clear that the club has intentions of getting Lainez on the field as soon as possible.

Leaving his mark at Club América

Diego Lainez’s last match for Club América resulted in a championship and fans who were once skeptical seemed to be converted on his talent. There were, however, calls for him to make the previous Liga MX season his last and head over to Europe.

At only 18, Lainez has come a long way since his debut in 2017 under Ricardo La Volpe. In 2018, he caught attention at the Toulon cup, taking home the MVP award, as Mexico claimed second in the competition. It was from that point on when Diego started garnering attention abroad.

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Despite being a shorter than average player, as well as being on the lean side, Diego has carried his own in 2018. From his first match for Mexico’s senior side to scoring against Pumas in the Liga MX semifinal match, Diego has earned his reputation as one of Mexico’s best up and comers.

Real Betis will not only be keeping Diego in their upcoming plans, but they will have the midfielder until 2024. This is great news, as Diego can take notes from his Mexican teammate Andrés Guardado, and then take over when he’s ready to claim his starting spot for the club from Seville, Spain.

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The question will now be – Who’s next?

There’s more traction behind his former teammate Edson Álvarez, and Pachuca midfielder Victor Guzmán may be on his last six months in Liga MX. Whatever it may be, the more these young Mexicans get their proper exposure, the better for Mexican football.

‘Tata Martino’ has been appointed as manager with Mexico, and with the 23 and under talent coming up, he will have a lot to work with on his journey to Qatar 2022.


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