Portugal midfielder William Carvalho joins Real Betis on five-year-deal from Sporting Lisbon... as Spanish club own up to cheeky photoshop to announce 26-year-old's arrival
- The 26-year-old midfielder has signed a deal with the La Liga side until 2023
- Betis announced the deal with a cheeky image of the Portugal international
- He is still on holiday, so they photoshopped Carvalho's head on to Junior Firpo
By David Wood for MailOnline
Published: 19:28 EDT, 13 July 2018 | Updated: 20:10 EDT, 13 July 2018
William Carvalho has joined Real Betis on a five-year-deal from Sporting Lisbon.
The 26-year-old midfielder has signed a deal with the La Liga side until 2023, but has yet to join up with his new team-mates, which posed the club's social media account a conundrum on Friday evening.
Eager to get a picture out of their new signing they posted a picture of centre back Marc Bartra with what appeared to be a photoshopped Carvalho.
Carvalho is still away on his hols so Betis had to be creative for the signing picture
They cheekily photoshopped Carvalho's head on to Junior Firpo, who took it in the right spirit
Later the club came clean, admitting they had pasted the Portugal international's head on to the body of Junior Firpo.
'We hope you can forgive us this,' read the Real Betis account when apologising to Firpo, to which the 22-year-old responded: 'you're fine!'
Carvalho was part of a player exodus after fans attacked the club's training ground in May following a public rebuke of the team by then president Bruno de Carvalho.
In retaliation to the attack, Carvalho, alongside Gelson Martins, Bas Dost, Rui Patricio terminated their contracts, making them available on free transfers.
Carvalho made his debut for Sporting in 2011 aged 18 after he came through the club's famous academy.
He has won 47 caps with Portugal and was in the squad when they won the Euro Championship in 2016 by beating France 1-0 in the final.
Carvalho also recently played for Portugal in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The midfielder was part of a player exodus after fans attacked the club's training ground