Ruben Castro welcomes the competition Roque Santa Cruz represents at Betis

Ruben Castro has somewhat welcomed Roque Santa Cruz to Real Betis, whilst acknowledging the positive effect the competition his arrival at the Benito Villamarin will bring.

Santa Cruz joined Los Verdiblancos on a year-long loan from Manchester City without an option to buy, officially completing the move on Monday. Meanwhile, Castro – Betis’ top scorer from last season – was speaking in the wake of scoring the only goal from the team’s first League outing of the season, a 1-0 win at fellow newly-promoted side Granada. Santa Cruz was in the stands to watch that victory.

Claiming to be unconcerned by Santa Cruz’ arrival, Castro said: “I do not care who comes in. Although I have not seen much of him, I believe he is like [teammate] Jorge Molina in playing style.

“We will compete for a spot in the team, and competition is good, it is positive for the group.”

Competition could start in midweek as the team play Portsmouth in a friendly, one now looked upon to maintain fitness levels through the coming international break that arrives with just one round of League fixtures completed.

Santa Cruz takes the No 16 shirt at the club, and has already spoken of his eagerness to get playing for Betis, and even revealed he almost joined the team four years ago before eventually moving to England.

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