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Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:03

Nelson facing Osasuna or Real Betis choice

Tiago Gomes on the look-out for La Liga move

NelsonPortugal right-back Nelson says he may remain at Osasuna next season, although a return to newly promoted Real Betis is also a possibility. The ex-Benfica defender also says his ankle injury is not as serious as first thought and that he expects to be back up and running for pre-season training.
 
“I’m contracted to Osasuna until June (on loan) and a lot of things have to be sorted out. I may stay at Osasuna, they treat me well here and it is a good club. However, I am a Betis player, I’ve got two more years on my contract and I’m happy because the team has returned to the top flight. It’s a historical club – one of the best in Spain,” Nelson told Desportimedia.
 
The defender says 2010/11 was his best season since switching to Spanish football from Benfica. “I played a whole season without injury, until right at the end. I was a starter, I played at a good level and I helped Osasuna stay up. I got back into the Portugal team and now I’m going to work to get back to full fitness.
 
“Playing in Euro 2012 is a goal of mine and I’m not going to give up this dream. I hope that Portugal qualifies and I want to be called up again by the Seleccao. I’m more mature now.”
 
Nelson missed the final games of the season because of a nasty ankle injury. It was originally thought he had broken the joint, but it later transpired that the injury was not so serious and the full-back expects to be ready for the start of the new season.
 
“I was expecting to take off the plaster only in six weeks, but it turns out it’s coming off in a fortnight. I’m going to work 100% to be in good shape for pre-season. I’ll spend my holidays in Portugal, with perhaps a week in Cape Verde (his birthplace).”
 

Tiago Gomes hoping to stay in top flight

One of Nelson’s compatriots in La Liga, Tiago Gomes, also enjoyed a good season on a personal level, but his team Hercules, were unable to beat the drop. Gomes hopes his impressive showings will earn him a move to another top-flight club in Spain.
 
“I’d like to stay in the Spanish first division. I grew a lot as a player this season. I played almost every game and scored some goals. When you are relegated it’s always bad, but I believe Hercules can bounce straight back up to the first division.”

by Pedro Santos (desportimedia.pt)
 
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Comments (2)
Good but not great
2 Friday, 27 May 2011 14:07
I wish them both well but they need to get away from playing second division clubs or clubs that float in regulation territory. That just shows me they maybe good when compared to weaker players on their team.

Ideally I would like to see either of them move back to the bigger clubs in Portugal or to mid-table/higher clubs in Europe. If they can hold their own in these types of clubs, then they maybe good for the national team.
injury
1 Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:49
I'm glad to hear that his injury isn't as serious as it looked. It was pretty nasty and I thought for sure it was broken. I suppose it was just dislocated. That's great news for him and I think he could have a future with Portugal if he continues to play at the level he did this season.

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