Sevilla director of football Victor Orta has thanked midfielder Boubakary Soumare for the financial sacrifices he has made to ensure he could join from Leicester City this summer.

Orta has been speaking at a press conference this afternoon, covered by Marca, in which he presented Soumare and fellow late summer signing Mariano Diaz.

The former had been linked with Sevilla throughout the summer transfer window as he looked to become one of several to leave Leicester this year following their relegation to the Championship.

A deal appeared to be an easy one to get done but it took until the end of the window to be finalised as Sevilla’s lack of liquidity, and thus a need to move players on, stopped them from bringing new faces into the squad.

They were eventually able to do both of those things and Soumare eventually signed on loan from Leicester until the end of the season.

That deal was done as a late, deadline day agreement between the relevant parties, who all made sacrifices to make sure it went through as planned.

Soumare’s contribution to that effort was seemingly vital, at least according to Orta, who is keen to praise the midfielder for it.

“Personally, I want to thank him for the effort he has made, real, in numbers, financially, which is what is shown by the people who want to wear this shirt,” he said.

“We contacted him a long time ago, but we had to hold on until we were able to release economic control to register him and he waited for us until the last day.

“Giant teams, giants, Italian champions playing in the Champions League called him, with a French coach, logically, but he wanted to wait for us, so I want to thank him.”