One of the things that Gerardo “Tata” Martino has requested to the players that he usually calls to Mexico National Team is to have as much playing time as they can in the months prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup if they want to be considered on the final roster that he’ll take to Qatar.
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Although most of the players are regulars on their teams, others like Diego Lainez and Orbelín Pineda have been erased from their respective teams in La Liga, something that has jeopardized their participation in Qatar 2022.
For Diego Lainez, the problem seems to be more serious, as he has been part of La Liga side Real Betis for three and a half seasons and he hasn’t had a chance of establishing as a regular player, as he’s only taken into consideration as a substitute for the last minutes of the game.
For the current season, the 21-year-old right-winger has played less than 5% of the minutes in La Liga, as he’s only started in one game and has played six more matches, all of them with less than 30 minutes on the pitch, which is why he’s looking to leave Los Béticos over the summer.
Can he arrive at Club América?
Once it was reported that Lainez is looking to leave Real Betis when the current season is over, looking for more playing time elsewhere, Club América started negotiations with Betis and Santiago Baños even travelled to Spain to know the situation surrounding Lainez.
Unfortunately for Las Águilas, Real Betis is prioritizing Lainez’s stay in European soccer, as he has gathered interest from several clubs inside and outside La Liga since it became evident that he doesn’t have a spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s roster.
According to reports from Kery News, the team that is closer to adding him for the 2022-23 season is Primeira Liga side Sporting CP, who are interested in acquiring him on a one-year loan, given that Lainez is under contract with Betis until 2025.
How much will he earn in Portugal?
Another of the options that Sporting has, is to include an option to buy if he manages to excel with them for next season, something that Lainez can do, as he only needs playing time to prove why he was considered one of the best Mexican prospects. If he decides to join the Leões, he will at least maintain his $2.5 million per season salary, although he could also get a raise depending on his performances.