Betis claim Chelsea interest
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Betis claim that Chelsea are interested in their midfielder Alberto Rivera.Real Betis claim that Chelsea are interested in their midfielder Alberto Rivera.
The 27-year-old is a former Real Madrid man, but he failed to make an impact at El Santiago Bernabeu and moved to Levante in 2002.
In Valencia, Rivera kick-started his career and helped them to the top-flight. He joined Real Betis in the summer for £2.2 million after Levante were relegated.
Now Betis president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera says that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants Rivera - after he impressed during the UEFA Champions League group stages against the English champions.
Rivera is reported to have particularly come to Chelsea's attention during Betis' victory over The Blues in November.
"It was in this match that Abramovich said he wanted this player, but my response was negative," said de Lopera.
"We do not want to sell him."
Rivera, though, is said to be delighted at the interest.
"The thought of playing for Chelsea is incredible," he said.