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Verdu rubbishes ´mercenary´ tag

8 July 2013 16:16

Joan Verdu has denied he left Espanyol to join Real Betis for financial reasons.

The 30-year-old midfielder was unable to agree terms at Espanyol and chose to join Betis ahead of Greek side Olympiacos.

However, with alleged accusations that the decision was motivated by money, Verdu rubbished claims he was a "mercenary" and said the Catalan club need to improve their financial situation.

"I appreciate a lot more things than money. Espanyol are going through a difficult time economically and it’s up to the directors to sort it out," he told AS.

"I would not like them to call me a mercenary."

Verdu also explained that he did not see himself as a direct replacement for Benat Exteberria, who has left the Estadio Benito Villamarin for Athletic Bilbao, and is targeting silverware with his new team-mates.

"I’ve inherited the number 10 shirt from a player who did very well at Real Betis, but I will try to be my own man, for better or worse," he continued.

"I’d like to win something before the end of my career. I’d like to reach a final, which I never have."

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