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REAL BETIS (2015 - 2016)

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Rafa's move to the Spanish outfit for the 2015-2016 season was something he described as “a dream” during his presentation to the fans at Real Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarín.

 
 
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This "dream" remark was more personal than professional for the Dutchman as it was a homecoming of sorts, a move closer to his maternal grandparents, who are Spanish and based 130 km away in Chiclana. A cuddle and peck on the cheek for his grandmother Dolores stole the headlines and highlighted Rafa's Spanish roots in a very public and endearing way.

But he failed to make an impact during his second shot at La Liga owing to a lack of chances at breaking into the Betis team. The absence of consistent game-time reflected in both Rafa's impact on the team's performances as well as his personal contentment at the club.

“One time, I trained well all week, but still couldn’t force my way in to the team. It was stressful, and I thought: ‘the best thing is to say goodbye.”