Giovani Lo Celso will sign permanently for Real Betis when his loan from Paris Saint-Germain comes to an end, according to club president Jose Miguel Lopez Catalan.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been in fine form since joining Betis in August and shone in the club's shock 4-3 victory over Barcelona on Sunday.

Lo Celso scored in the 71st minute at Camp Nou to put Betis 3-1 up and put in an eye-catching performance in a game that saw Lionel Messi score twice for the hosts on his return from injury.

Lopez Catalan said the club would endeavour to keep Lo Celso when his loan expires in June, and explained that Betis have a compulsory clause to purchase the player should they qualify for European competition as well as first refusal if they do not.

"It is very clear that Lo Celso is going to stay at Betis," Lopez Catalan told Radio Marca.

"We are convinced. We were convinced throughout the summer."
Lopez Catalan was in talks with Barcelona over the potential signing of Rafinha before the season started but he claimed that Lo Celso was always the preferred option.

"He was our option number one and is proving that he is the player we believed," said the Betis chief.

"There is a mandatory purchase option for €25million if we enter Europe. And if not, it is optional for us and mandatory for PSG, if we carry it out."

Santiago Solari is not selecting Isco as he feels the Real Madrid star is yet to regain full fitness after surgery, according to Dani Ceballos.

Isco had appendicitis surgery but was quickly recalled by Julen Lopetegui, starting in a 5-1 Clasico thumping away to Barcelona that proved his final game in charge.

But Solari has not picked Isco since taking over, with the club's former winger leading Madrid to four straight wins during his time as interim coach.

Solari, who was named Lopetegui's permanent successor on Tuesday after signing a deal to 2021, has said he will not rush "special" Isco back into action.

And Spain midfielder Ceballos explained ongoing fitness issues following Isco's operation are behind his recent absences from the Real Madrid XI.

"He is a player who came from a major injury and went through surgery," Ceballos told El Chiringuito.

"With Julen he played two consecutive games and with Solari he said he saw him a bit out of shape, but he is training 100 per cent.

"He knows the importance of managing a dressing room and has the philosophy of Madrid's values."

Ceballos has already started four LaLiga games this term, as many times as he was named in a league XI for the whole of the 2017-18 campaign.

But the 22-year-old accepted he considered asking to return to former club Real Betis last season due to a lack of opportunities under former boss Zinedine Zidane.

"In January, I thought about going out [on loan] and going back to Betis," Ceballos added. "Zidane told me it was time to stay, I played more and it gave me fruit for this year to have playing experience.

"When I come back [to Betis] and they whistle, I'm hurting, they could renew me and at Betis they were ready to upload the clause when there was an interested team.

"Everything was blamed on me and they washed their hands. I'm Betis, when they whistle it hurts, it was the third most expensive sale in Betis history.

"The first few months were hard at Madrid, Zidane was clear and told me to see the reality and the ones ahead of me, I belonged to Madrid and played 20 games at Madrid. They were like 50 in another club."

Isco and Ceballos are in the latest Spain squad, with Luis Enrique's side playing Croatia in the Nations League on Thursday.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has bemoaned his side's woeful first-half display as they slipped to a shock 4-3 defeat to Real Betis at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Barcelona's shock 4-3 defeat to Real Betis on Sunday marked the first time the Catalan giants have conceded four goals at Camp Nou in 15 years.

The returning Lionel Messi scored twice but was unable to prevent LaLiga leaders Barcelona slipping to a chaotic 4-3 defeat to Real Betis at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi is back in Barcelona's starting XI for the first time in three weeks following a lay-off with a broken arm, as Real Betis visit Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde insists he is not taking a risk by including Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to face Real Betis.

LaLiga leaders Barca have received a double injury boost for the clash at Camp Nou with both Messi and centre-back Samuel Umtiti fit to play.

Messi, who broke his arm after falling awkwardly during a collision with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez in a 4-2 win last month, was included in the squad for the midweek Champions League draw against Inter but did not play after failing to receive the medical all clear.

Umtiti has not been involved since September due to a knee problem, but Valverde is confident both players are now ready to be involved.

"We understand that any player theoretically can play the game, but of course there is always a period where you need to be careful," he said. 

"The other day we also knew there was a risk but the fact they've been training with the squad I don't think there's a major risk [now]."

On Messi specifically, he added: "We'll find out tomorrow if I decide he can play 90 minutes or not.

"I think he's lost his fear of taking a fall and provoking further injury, that's out of his head. It does affect you mentally.

"You can't be thinking 'I can't do some strange gesture that causes me pain'. I think he can play, he's pretty assured, I think he'll be okay."

Valverde also confirmed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is fine to play, despite having been omitted from Germany's squad for the upcoming international window to rest a minor shoulder injury.

"That's what's been decided with the national team. We are keeping a close eye on Marc at the moment, but he is able to play tomorrow," Valverde said. 

"He doesn't have any problems, but we'll keep a close eye on him like we have the last few weeks."

Ernesto Valverde insists his decision to exclude Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona's squad to face Real Betis is not a punishment over reported ill-discipline.

Lionel Messi is in line to make his return from a broken arm on Sunday against Real Betis after being named in Ernesto Valverde's squad.

Gennaro Gattuso expects Mateo Musacchio to do everything he can to recover and play for AC Milan against Juventus despite being taken off on a stretcher against Real Betis.

AC Milan came from behind to earn a 1-1 Europa League draw with Real Betis that was overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to Mateo Musacchio.

Gonzalo Higuain will miss AC Milan's Europa League trip to Real Betis on Thursday as he continues to be troubled by a hip injury.

Gennaro Gattuso accepted responsibility after AC Milan "suffered" through a 2-1 Europa League defeat to Real Betis - a result that will no doubt increase the scrutiny over the head coach's future. 

Real Betis piled more pressure on Gennaro Gattuso as AC Milan surrendered top spot in Group F in a listless 2-1 home loss in the Europa League. 

Tiemoue Bakayoko has vowed to show the best of his abilities after making a slow start to a loan spell at AC Milan.

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