By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Officials of Spanish La Liga outfit Real Betis have ended contract extension talks with Algerian defender Aïssa Mandi.
Officials of the Andalusian club had been in talks to convince the New Castle United target to stay at Betis beyond the next summer but fresh reports from Spanish outlet Marca have it that the fruits of all negotiations in the last three months sum up to zero.
Kick442.com had reported Betis officials were in talks with the player in the last three months but unfortunately for both parties, all ideas to come up with a new improved contract have been abandoned because of possible financial crisis the president Ángel Haro’s Betis could be plunge in due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
New Castle United and Olympique Lyonnais have all been linked with a move for the former Stade Reims skipper.
Last month Spanish La Liga Side Real Betis tagged €30 Million release price on the 28-year-old defender whose contract at club runs out next summer.
Aïssa moved to the Estadio Benito Villamarín in 2016 from Reims on a five-year-deal which he has repeatedly refused to extend.
Mandi has featured in 24 of his club’s games this campaign.
The Châlons-en-Champagne native has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the La Liga.
He has made over 100 appearances for Real Betis in the last four years.
Athletico Madrid have equally manifested interest in signing the player but with New Castle’s oil-money in waiting, this may turn out to be a one-horse race.
The tough-tackling defender who also operates as a right-back has won 49 caps for the Desert Foxes of Algeria.
He was a part of the country’s team that conquered the continent and claimed the AFCON crown last summer in Egypt.
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