Departing West Ham United star Fabian Balbuena has sealed a Hammers reunion with former boss Manuel Pellegrini in Spain.
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West Ham confirmed last week that The General would be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of this month.
The popular Paraguayan thanked the club after his impending departure was confirmed.
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“To my teammates, staffs, workers of the club and specially to the fans my big, big thank you!” Balbuena said on Twitter.
“It was a very special three years of my career! COYI.”
The centre back had been linked with a return to South America, Serie A side Lazio and a reunion with former West Ham boss Pellegrini at Real Betis.
And it appears the pull of a Spanish Hammers reunion with his old manager has proved decisive.
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That’s after reports from Spain claimed Balbuena has agreed to join Betis on a free once his West Ham contract officially ends on June 30th.
According to Mundo Deportivo and Football Espana ex Hammers boss Pellegrini has agreed a deal with Balbuena following his release.
Balbuena started the season in fine form for West Ham but lost his place due to injury.
And West Ham’s form was so consistent throughout a season where they secured their most ever Premier League points and Europa League football that Balbuena struggled to get back into the side.
Duo could get another West Ham reunion in Europa League next season
But he was a good servant to the club over his three-year spell.
Both Pellegrini and Balbuena could have another West Ham reunion next season if the move goes through as reported.
That’s because Betis are in the Europa League group stages like West Ham and could end up facing one another. We’ll find out when the draw is made in August.