Alex Moreno has opened up on why he chose to reject Nottingham Forest to stay at Real Betis during the summer transfer window.

The left-sided player was the subject of an accepted bid by the Reds as they aimed to tighten up that area of the pitch.

Forest had agreed on a £9 million deal and the 29-year-old was due in Nottingham for a medical ahead of a move to the Premier League.

Moreno has been at Real Betis since 2019 when he signed from Rayo Vallecano and he’s become a firm fan favourite.

Moreno opened up Forest
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Last season, he helped the club finish fifth in La Liga and was also part of Manuel Pellegrini’s team that won the Copa del Rey.

Clearly, he fancies the project in Seville and he’s settled with his current club, despite the summer interest from Forest.

He told Diario de Sevilla: “I wrote it on a message at the time. I decided to stay because of the project.

“It is true that it was a step in my career, but the fans, what is being created? Above all for the days I have lived, the affection I receive and the importance I have in this team.

“I feel very comfortable, I have a life here, a family. Above all, the affection of the people around me is what made me stay and continue to grow at Betis.”

Moreno opened up and Forest were right to move on

It was vital that the Reds only targeted players this summer that absolutely wanted to be at the club.

As a result, when Moreno rejected the club’s advances, they moved quickly to secure the signing of Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid.

The experienced performer has helped Betis to a strong start during 2022/23, with four wins from five games.

Moreno opened up Forest
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Moreno is the regular left-back under Pellegrini and being totally honest, it was always ambitious for Forest to try and prise him away.

The £22,000-a-week player appears happy at Betis and this could prove to be one that got away for the Reds.

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