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Gonzalez tips big campaign for Real Betis

Real Betis winger Mark Gonzalez is in confident mood ahead of the start of the new Primera Liga season and is expecting big things from the Andalusian club.

Betis finished fourth in 2005 but have spent the three seasons since then largely fighting relegation and watching city rivals Sevilla develop into one of Europe's most respected clubs.

However, Gonzalez believes the time has come for Betis to shake off the problems of the last few years and start making waves again.

'Clearly we all have faith that things will turn out very well, but it's true that we have to take it step by step,' the Chile international said.

'What we have to do is obtain a lot of points at the start and get us safe from relegation as soon as possible.

'After that Betis, more calm than in other years, are ready to do big things. We are a team with a lot of quality and if things go well, we can show this and be well placed in the top half of the table at the end of the season.'

Gonzalez joined Betis last summer from Liverpool but only made 18 starts and struggled to find his top form during the first campaign - something he is hoping to change this season.

'I am fighting all the time to improve my performances at Betis. They trust in me and I have a responsibility to return this confidence with my work on the pitch,' he told AS.

'The fans have always shown me their affection and they can be relaxed, because I am going to give it everything for this club. If all goes well, we are going to have a very positive year at Betis,' added the 24-year-old, who dismissed any speculation he is looking to move on.

'I am happy at Betis and everybody must be clear that my present and my future is at Betis. I am 100% focused on helping this team return to being among the big sides.'


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