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William Carvalho is ‘absolutely committed’ to Real Betis despite reported interest from Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion, manager Manuel Pellegrini told Marca.

The Baggies might have finally got three more points on the board during Saturday’s 3-2 victory at bitter rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers but, even during that nerve-shredding triumph at Molineux, West Brom’s Achilles heel was clear to see.

Sam Allardyce’s side are crying out for some protection in front of their defence, with neither Jake Livermore nor Romain Sawyers seemingly capable of offering the discipline or energy required in the number six role.  

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It is no real surprise, then, that the team with the worst defensive record in the division have made a powerhouse ball-winner their top priority as the January transfer window enters its final stretch.

Hamza Choudhury and Okay Yokuslu have been linked but Carvalho, a 64-time Portugal international, is undoubtedly the most high-profile – and high-cost – option (Mail).

But, according to Pellegrini, the 6ft 2ins pillar of a man has not shown any real interest in leaving La Liga for the Premier League.

“I see him as absolutely committed and focused on the team. I don’t see that he has any intention or desire to go,” said the former Manchester City and Real Madrid boss.

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“Many times, when players see a potential move, they try to pressure (the club) to make it happen, but William is very happy here.

“He’s an important player for us and we will see what his future holds, but he’s absolutely focused on what he has to do for the team.”

La Razon reported recently that an expensively-assembled yet underachieving Real Betis side want £26 million for Carvalho; a fee that would make the former Sporting Lisbon ace the biggest signing in West Brom’s history.

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