One of the things that have characterized Club América in recent years is the academy players that they have formed, something that has returned with Fernando “Tano” Ortíz after Santiago Solari only debuted Santiago Naveda.
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Given that Fernando Ortíz was coaching the U-20 prior to his promotion to the first team, he knows very well the players that have the conditions to be part of the senior squad, something he has taken advantage of in the second half of Clausura 2022.
In the nine games that he’s coached so far, players like Karel Campos, Iker Moreno and Esteban Lozano have earned minutes in Liga MX, something that gives them options to be considered as part of the roster for Apertura 2022, especially if “El Tano” remains as the coach.
But they are not the only academy players that have excelled in recent years, as Edson Álvarez is now one of the most important players in AFC Ajax, and Diego Lainez signed a millionaire contract with Real Betis when he was just 18 years old.
Lainez, with the option of playing in Cristiano Ronaldo’s club
Although the 21-year-old right-winger also had the option of signing with Ajax, he decided to play in La Liga, where he hasn’t succeeded given the few opportunities that he’s had with the Béticos, which is why he’s looking to leave over the summer.
Reports from ESPN inform that Primeira Liga side Sporting CP were interested in him in the past winter transfer window and now that he’s willing to leave Betis, the Verde e Branco are one of the top options for the Mexico international, according to Kery News.
The club where Cristiano Ronaldo debuted and that, according to his mom, he wants to play for once again to retire with them, is looking to acquire Lainez on a one-year loan given that he’s under contract with Betis until 2025 and they are not willing to sell him.
Will Lainez make it to the World Cup?
One of the main reasons for which he’s looking to leave Betis is to earn more playing time and recover the regularity that he hasn’t had since he left Club América, as Gerardo “Tata” Martino requested him to have more minutes if he wants to be considered for Qatar 2022.