Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has already shown he is a savvy shopper when it comes to La Liga. And following the signings of Michu, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez, and the loan deal for Jonathan de Guzman from Villarreal, the Dane has returned to Spain to sign Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas on a free transfer.
The move was first touted back in April, but a three-year deal has now been agreed, with the 26-year-old arriving at the Liberty Stadium when the transfer window opens on 1 July.
Here are five facts about the player:
1) Jose Alberto Canas Ruiz Herrera joined Betis as a youth player and has spent his entire career at the club. Having played for the C and B teams between 2005 and 2009, the midfielder made his debut for the first team in May 2009, in a league match against Atletico Madrid.
2) Canas has kept his football career to date very much in the family. The player’s uncle, Juan Jose, played in the same position as his nephew, spending a large part of his career at Betis.
3) The defensive midfielder made 27 La Liga appearances last season – all but one from the start. In the team very much to break up opponents’ play, Canas’s particular strength is in ball interception. However, his tackling sometimes leaves a little to be desired, as 10 yellow cards this season testify. Although the fact that he was never sent off demonstrates his ability to rein in this side of his game when required. In fact for all his cautions – 18 in three seasons – he has only been dismissed once.
4) Canas’s one and only assist to date came in Betis’s opening game of last season – a 5-3 win against Athletic Bilbao. He operates very much in defensive areas, and will allow the Swans’ more attacking players to perform with the knowledge that the path to their own goal is very well protected.
5) Swansea have secured yet another bargain in swooping for Canas. After refusing to sign a new contract with Betis and allowing his contract to run down, a player rated at over £2.5million has arrived for little more than a signing-on fee.
Are Swansea fans excited to welcome Canas into the team next season?
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