Real Betis recently announced the permanent signing of Giovani Lo Celso, so it is the perfect time to talk about the 23-year old talented Argentine.
Born in Rosario, Argentina, Giovani Lo Celso made his first steps in football through the youth ranks of his hometown club – Rosario Central.
He made his professional debut for the club in July 2015 and scored his first goal in a 3–0 victory over Colon seven months later.
His excellent performances in the Argentine Primera Division earned him the attention of many European football giants, with PSG being the one that reacted the quickest.
Giovani Lo Celso for @RealBetis in all competitions this season:
PSG loanee is such a wonderful player. Delicious left foot. 💚 pic.twitter.com/BKtVcPEVC3
— FootballTalentScout (@FtblTalentScout) April 13, 2019
Lo Celso signed for the Parisians in the summer of 2016 but remained at Rosario Central on loan until the end of the year. He made his debut for the French side on 5 April 2017 in a Coupe de France quarter-final game against US Avranches and played a total five games in his first six months with the club.
The Argentine is a technically gifted central midfielder, who can also play in a more attacking role, as a classic No. 10. His passing range and great vision allow him to have perfect control over the game and be the creative playmaker in his own side.
In his first full season at Parc des Princes, Lo Celso made 48 appearances in all competitions, winning a domestic Treble – the Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue.
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💚 GIOVANI LO CELSO! 💚 pic.twitter.com/Gku2X8Rv8Z
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) April 8, 2019
He made his debut for Argentina’s national team in a friendly game against Russia in November 2017. Seven months later, Lo Celso was named in Argentina’s 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but failed to make an appearance in the competition.
A bit surprisingly, Paris Saint-Germain agreed to send Giovani Lo Celso on loan to Real Betis at the start of the current campaign. The Argentine midfielder is playing an excellent season at his new club, having noted 16 goals and four assists in his 42 appearances across all competitions so far.
He impressed the management of Real Betis and they decided to activate the option to buy him for €22 million from the loan agreement with the French club.
📣 OFFICIAL | #RealBetis activate the purchase option on Giovani Lo Celso 🤗👏
— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) April 16, 2019
The Argentine signed a five-year contract with Los Verdiblancos, with PSG holding 20 percent of the fee from any future sale.
“I am happy and enjoying the present that has given me many positive things,” he said via Marca. “The adaptation [at Betis] was very simple thanks to the leaders, coaching staff and teammates.
“When you feel comfortable, you transmit it onto the field and I always tried my best to help the team.”