Photos: Former Tottenham star greeted with cheers in first Real Betis training session

A multitude of eager fans watched Rafael van der Vaart train with Real Betis for the first time.

Real Betis opened the doors of their Ciudad Deportiva Luis del Sol training complex on Monday, as the team took to the pitch for their first training session of pre-season.

In what quickly became a spectacular atmosphere, even given the summer heat in Seville, over 3,000 turned up to cheer on their idols, holding aloft flares and continually singing their support throughout the session, as manager Pepe Mel put the players through their paces.

One figure of particular focus, according to the official Real Betis website, was former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart, who joined the Spanish club on a free transfer from Hamburg last month.

An impressive signing that has been greatly welcomed by the Betis fans, who are hoping he can help their team perform well in La Liga during the 2015-16 campaign, having returned to Spanish top-flight after a season in the Segunda.

Every time the Dutchman touched the ball, he was greeted with huge cheers from the stands, with the fans demonstrating just how delighted they are with his arrival at the club.

The Real Betis press release enthused: "The atmosphere was closer to that of a match, than a training session."

Such was the demand for fans to get a glimpse of the players in action, once the seated main stand was quickly filled, the terraces surrounding other areas of the pitch had to be opened, to accommodate the enthusiastic response of supporters.

Spanish clubs often open their doors to fans for training sessions, but few clubs can count on such an animated backing as Real Betis, that much is more than evident.

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