Fabian Balbuena could be set to join Real Betis this summer according to a report from AS.

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A move to the La Liga side would see him link up with the man who brought him to the London Stadium for £3.5 million three years ago (Evening Standard) – Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean is in charge of Betis and led them to an impressive sixth placed finish in La Liga next season.

The 29-year-old is all set to leave West Ham on a free transfer this summer.

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Fabian Balbuena in action for West Ham (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He has been a decent servant for the Hammers but now is the right time for both parties to go their separate ways.

Fabian Balbuena set for Manuel Pellegrini reunion?

The 15-capped Paraguay international is a summer target for the Real Betis boss according to a report from AS.

 

Balbuena is not short of offers according to the West Ham centre-back’s agent Renato Bittar, as quoted via Versus.

Fabian Balbuena in action for West Ham United (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Reuniting with his former manager Pellegrini certainly would make sense for the defender, however.

The 29-year-old earns around £40k-a-week at West Ham (Spotrac). So Betis should easily be able to match that kind of salary.

The Paraguayan will probably be a real hit in La Liga. The more pedestrian paced Spanish league should suit him down to the ground.

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And we wish Balbuena all the best in whatever challenge he undertakes next. Good luck Fab. It’s been a pleasure having ‘The General’ in East London for three years!

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