The Algerian central Betis Aïssa Mandi will sign for Villarreal at the end of this season, as revealed this Friday at a press conference by the coach of the Verdiblanco team, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.
Mandi, 29, has become the protagonist of this week since his commitment for the next four seasons with Villarreal transcended once his contract ends on June 30 with Betis, a club in which he has played in the last five years after arriving in 2016 from the French Stade Reims.
After a season in which the Algerian international has played almost everything (31 games) with Pellegrini, he has valued the professionalism of the central defender and affirmed that “in the five remaining games” he will maintain the “criterion of placing the best possible team” .
“No one doubts Mandi’s honesty, he’s having a great time, he’s ending his contract after five years and he’s involved and willing to play until the last game. It can be an uncomfortable situation because Villarreal is involved, but no one doubts his honesty, ”said the Santiago coach.
Villarreal is one of Betis’ direct rivals in their fight to get into European positions next season, as they are in seventh position with 49 points, to one of the Verdiblancos who are sixth.