As Real Betis remain interested in signing Marc Muniesa from Stoke City, despite that task now being harder because he’s playing, it’s been claimed the player is pretty happy with the idea of joining the Spanish club too.

The defender gave an interview to Correo de Andalucía this Thursday, and was quite frank.

“We spoke to Miguel Torrecilla in August, but Stoke didn’t want to let me leave then. I like the idea of going to Betis. I’ve watched all of their games since then,” said Muniesa.

“I’m from Lloret de Mar and in my people there are many betícos friends who tell me about the club, tell me to sign for Betis… It has always attracted me a lot, I’ve already played there with Barça B some years ago and I was delighted with the stadium and the people.

“I’ve said it a few days ago in an interview, my intention is to leave, what happens is that now I’m playing and I’ve also scored a goal, I’m in good form.”

But recent quotes from Mark Hughes have suggested that the player is not available for a move, so it shouldn’t be so easy for the player to leave.

Speaking to the English media, the manager said: “He is a guy that just gets on with his work but clearly he wants opportunities. He is a young man and wants to play football.

“We like to think we will be able to give him enough game time to allow him to be comfortable with his position here because we don’t want him to leave.”

According to El Decano, Betis don’t have a very large budget to buy the player. They could play around €500k for the transfer, so the options would be a simple loan or a loan with a buying clause. The club are also counting on a few departures, including Charly Musonda returning to Chelsea, so they can afford to have a new player in the squad.