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Real Betis sign Sergio Leon on a four-year deal

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Real Betis have confirmed that they have signed striker Sergio León from CA Osasuna on a four-year deal. The fee hasn’t been disclosed yet but the deal is reported to be worth €3.5 million as Los Verdiblancos continue to resurrect their squad after a dismal campaign that saw them finish 15th in La Liga.

León joins manager Quique Setién who joined from Las Palmas as the second major signing of the club.

Born in Palma del Río, Córdoba, León started his career with the youth ranks of Real Betis before going on to play for CF Reus, Elche Ilicitano (Elche’s B team), Real Murcia (on loan) and UE Llagostera (on loan). He made his competitive debut for Elche during the 2015-16 season and went on to score a remarkable 22 goals in 41 appearances as Los Franjiverdes finished 11th in the Segunda División. León became the league’s top-scorer and was awarded the Pichichi Trophy.

In August 2016, La Liga promoted side CA Osasuna came calling and León duly joined on a four-year contarct. But a dismal season saw them finish second bottom and were relegated back to the Segunda División. León was again the focal point of the club as he scored a respectable 10 goals in 33 appearances.

Last week, Betis president Angel Haro had admitted that the club were in talks with the striker and the move gives the 28-year-old another shot at fame in the top flight.