Nery Castillo is set to bring a disappointing spell at Manchester City to a close by joining Real Betis.

The Mexican has failed to settle at Eastlands, with injuries preventing him from making an impact in England.

His one-year loan deal from Shakhtar Donetsk was due to run until January, but City are prepared to release him from that contract.

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It's perhaps hard to sum up Castillo's time at the club as it can't really be argued that it was a spell that was littered with underachievement - more frustration as he never really got going in a City shirt.

Somewhat of a surprise when Sven brought him in last January (with him part funding the move don't forget), but he suffered a broken collarbone so early on after joining us and didn't get much of a look in, let along a prolonged spell once he returned to fitness.

Truth be told, he did look far too slight to cut it in the Premier League and it was always difficult to tell exactly his position or where he would fit into the side, and once Mark Hughes took over you felt that Castillo would not be his type of player and he would ultimately move on.

Whilst the squad does appear light in certain areas, one thing the club has done well since the end of last season is clear the dead wood in the ranks, something which willdefinitely benefit the younger members of the squad as they should be afforded a greater opportunity over the coming season.