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Mexico youngster Diego Lainez: Real Betis was 'best decision' for me

Diego Lainez is ready to play for Real Betis as early as this Thursday's Copa del Rey game against Real Sociedad, stated the 18-year-old Mexican forward in his presentation at the Spanish club on Tuesday.

Lainez arrived to Seville on Saturday, passed his medical examinations on Sunday, before training for the first time with his teammates on Monday. Now he is hoping to complete a momentous week with minutes against La Real in the round-of-16 cup clash.

"I...

Argentina great Diego Maradona released from hospital after scheduled surgery

Dorados de Sinaloa coach Diego Armando Maradona
Diego Maradona was diagnosed with stomach bleeding during routine exams.

Argentina's World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona was released from hospital on Sunday after successfully undergoing a routine operation for stomach bleeding, his lawyer said.

The 58-year old former Boca Juniors and Napoli player discovered the problem in early January during a check up at a hospital in Olivos, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

"Diego Maradona has just been released from hospital and is heading home to continue with his recuperation," the player's lawyer Matias Morla said on...

Liga MX W2W4: America kick off title defense without Diego Lainez

It's Week 2 of matches in the Liga MX's 2019 Clausura, at least for most teams. Here's what to watch for in Mexico this weekend:

America makes season debut vs. Atlas

After being granted a break in the first round of matches of the Clausura, Club America's title defense will begin on Friday night against Atlas in Estadio Jalisco, with the sale of Diego Lainez to Real Betis still fresh and the squad incomplete.

The celebrations from winning title number 13 back on Dec. 16 have barely finished for Las...

Mexican youngster Diego Lainez to move from Club America to Real Betis

Young Mexico star Diego Lainez has agreed to a deal that send him from Club America to La Liga side Real Betis.

The future of 18-year-old left-footed forward Lainez has been the subject of speculation since he helped the Liga MX side win the 2018 Apertura title on Dec. 16.

"I'm happy to be a part of Betis and it is a good opportunity for everyone," Lainez said

Dutch powerhouse Ajax had been the reported favored destination, until Betis sporting director Serra Ferrer flew to Mexico earlier in the...

Ivan Marcone set to move from Cruz Azul to Boca Juniors - source

Ivan Marcone was key in helping Cruz Azul reach the 2018 Apertura final.

Cruz Azul midfielder Ivan Marcone is set to complete a transfer to Argentine giant Boca Juniors, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN Mexico.

The 28-year-old former Independiente player was key in helping Cruz Azul reach the 2018 Apertura final last season and win the Copa MX. The transfer fee is close to $8 million, according to the source.

Marcone will be pushing for a place in Lionel Scaloni's Argentina squad at next summer's Copa America in Brazil, and his absence in Pedro Caxinha's...