Ito clinches Espanyol return
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol have signed midfielder Ito after he left Real Betis by mutual consent.Espanyol have swooped to sign midfielder Ito after he left Real Betis by mutual consent.
The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Espanyol but returned when that deal expired at the end of June.
Betis were initially demanding a fee to let the player move on, but, after discussions, eventually relented and agreed to cancel his contract allowing Ito to move as a free agent.
The midfielder, full name Antonio Alvarez Perez, expressed his delight at sealing a permanent move to Espanyol after his successful season there last term.
"I really wanted and hoped I could return here and, at last, I am here," he told Marca.
Ito has signed a three-year contract with the option of one more after that.