Speedy denies Betis slur
Mark Gonzalez has dismissed claims that he would use Real Betis as a stepping stone.
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/08/07 9:27am
Recent signing Mark Gonzalez has attempted to play down comments attributed to him suggesting he would use Real Betis to secure a move to a 'bigger' Spanish club.
Betis paid Liverpool £4.2 million to take the Chilean winger to the Estadio Ruiz de Lopera.
However, the 23-year-old found himself courting controversy even before he had linked up with his new team-mates as - whilst on Copa America duty with Chile - he was reported to have claimed that he would use his move to Betis as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
However, the pacey wide man has now attempted to defuse the situation, insisting he did not utter any such words.
"I never said that," Gonzalez declared. "It would have been stupid.
"I have cleared things up with (president) Manuel (Ruiz de Lopera) and told him how excited I am to be at Betis.
"I want to give everything, win games and fight hard in the league."
Although he was never quite able to establish himself at Anfield, Gonzalez's stock remains high in Spain after an eye-catching loan spell at Real Sociedad in 2006.