The youth squad from America emigrated to Europe in 2019 with a price tag of close to 15 million dollars and in 2023 his future is uncertain, with a market value of 2.6 million
The Mexican Diego Laínez He is celebrating his fourth year in Europe and the former player of America He is experiencing one of the most difficult moments of his career, not being certain about his football future.
During the first days of January 2019, America announced the transfer of Diego to the Real Betis and the cream-blue youth squad was presented to the Andalusian fans on January 15. The first game of Lainez with the Betis in LaLiga it was on January 20 against Girona.
At that time, the fans of the Betis and of the Mexican team They were excited about the arrival of Lainez to Spain and his chances of becoming one of the figures of Iberian football. The reality has been far from what many fans dreamed of and the career of Diego would be about to undergo an unexpected twist.
According to the Portuguese site ‘O Jogo’, Lainez22 years old, will not continue in the braga and will return to Betis. According to the Portuguese media, he would not enter into the plans of the Spanish team either and could return to the MX League.
Four years after the transfer of Diego Laínez to the Betis, ESPN Digital invites you to review how the Mexican’s career has been in Europe and his constant devaluation in the transfer market.
Market Value: $15 million dollars
Stats: 16 games, 1 goal, 1 assists, 492 minutes
In the Winter Market of the 2018/19 campaign, Lainez left the ‘Nest’ to play in Spain with the Real Betis, a team that disbursed more than 15 million dollars for the services of the cream-blue pearl. In his first weeks with the Andalusian team, Diego He received the confidence of Quique Setién and added several minutes in the Europa League and in LaLiga, however, in the final stretch of the campaign he was losing prominence and finished the campaign registering less than 13 minutes in the last commitments.
Market Value: $15 million at the start of the season and $6.4 million at the end of the season
Stats: 18 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 571 minutes
In his first full season with the Betis, Lainez He received the news in the summer that Setién would not continue in the team and the board appointed Rubi as the new coach. Under Rubi, Diego had an important run adding consecutive games with the first team, but he ended the campaign, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, as a substitute in six of the last eight games for the Verdiblanco team. It should be noted that in that season, the value of Lainez fell drastically losing more than half of its market value.
Market Value: $6.4 million at the start of the season and $8.6 million at the end of the season
Stats: 21 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 1,143 minutes
After a bad season under Rubi’s mandate, Betis He decided to end his relationship with the young Spanish strategist and sign the experienced coach Manuel Pellegrini, who boasts a great knowledge of Spanish football. From the hand of the Chilean, Diego He managed to experience his best period in Europe by becoming the starter for Betis, but at the beginning of the second round of the campaign, the Mexican caught COVID and missed four games. Upon recovering and returning to the team, Lainez he could not perform at the same level although he maintained Pellegrini’s confidence.
Market Value: $8.6 million at the start of the season and $2.6 million at the end of the season
Statistics: 13 games, 2 goals, 440 minutes
In the summer of 2021, Diego Laínez He was one of the players who was part of the Mexican team who competed in the Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately, Lainez back to Betis with a knee injury suffered in the Japanese fair and missed the first seven LaLiga games. When he managed to be in good condition, Diego was not able to earn a place in the star lineup and in the Spanish championship he only played 134 minutes. Because of his bad campaign, Lainez lost more than half of its market value.
Market Value: $2.6 million dollars (current value)
Stats: 13 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 470 minutes
After a difficult season with the Betis, Lainez He asked the board to leave the club to have more opportunities to play and the club managed to reach an agreement with the SC Braga From Portugal. Lainez He left on loan to Lusitanian football and it seemed that it was a move that would allow Diego to recover his best football version. However, the adventure Lainez in Portugal it has not been as expected, excluded by the coaching staff to the point that the board would have decided to end the loan earlier than agreed with the Betis.