Nottingham Forest chose to cash in on Arvin Appiah during the summer transfer window, with a fee of £8m million (Nottinghamshire Live) recouped from the academy graduate’s departure to Almeria.

The 18-year-old managed just eight appearances for the first-team at the City Ground and the club ultimately decided to cash in on the youngster.

Appiah has finally broken into the first team in recent weeks, starting his first game and making a further three appearances from the bench.

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The tricky winger might have to prove himself all over again, however.

Despite sitting second in Segunda Division Pedro Emanuel was sacked as the head coach last week. He has now been replaced by former Real Madrid galactico Guti, as reported by AS.

Almeria haven’t lost for five matches and Guti will oversee his first game in charge against Real Zaragoza at the weekend.

The former midfielder has previously managed Real Madrid’s youth team and also worked as an assistant at Turkish giants Besiktas. His new gig at Almeria will see him take sole charge of a senior team for the first time, however.

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Former Forest man Appiah must be relishing the chance to impress such a legend of the game, with Guti having starred in one of the best Real Madrid teams of all-time.


The 43-year-old won three Champions League titles, five La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey titles during his 15-year-old spell at the Bernabeu.

His 387 appearances for Los Blancos also saw him earn 13 caps for Spain.


It will be interesting to see where Appiah figures in such an illustrious former player’s plans.

Guti has worked with some talented players in the past and it will now be interesting to see whether he sees an element of star quality in Appiah that Emanuel perhaps didn’t.

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The England youth international is a fine talent and some Forest supporters will still hold some disappointment that Forest didn’t persist with him for a little while longer.

Appiah has a great challenge on his hands now, however. The challenge of impressing a former Real Madrid hero a really appetising prospect for such a young player and Forest supporters will watch with intrigue to see what impact Guti might have on his career.

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