Barragan expecting Betis stay


Antonio Barragan has revealed he would stay at Real Betis long term and seems unlikely to return to Middlesbrough when his loan ends.

The Spaniard is currently back in his home country on a season-long loan and the 30-year-old has impressed for Betis, who are thought to have put an agreement in place for a possible permanent transfer in the summer.

The former Liverpool youngster is happy and settled at Betis and has made it clear he wants to remain there.

He told Sevilla ABC: “I want to stay here for a long time. My thinking is here and not elsewhere. I do not think I will not be here. I’m focused on Betis.

“I arrived (here) at a good time because I (am experienced), but I still have plenty of years left to play. The motivation for any footballer is to improve every day and that’s something that nobody can take away.”