Real Mallorca defender Antonio Raillo has claimed he turned down the opportunity to sign for Championship side Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window.

During his first transfer window back with Nottingham Forest, manager Martin O’Neill was keen to bolster his options and did so, by bringing in five new faces. However, that could’ve been six, had Spanish defender Antonio Raillo not turned down a move

Antonio Raillo – currently playing for Spanish side Real Mallorca – told AS (via Nottinghamshire Live) that he turned down a move to join Nottingham Forest during the January transfer window, despite Forest offering more than double his current wage with Real Mallorca.

“It was a very good opportunity, but I stayed with a smile on my face and you can see it on the pitch,” the Spaniard told AS.

“No-one can say I threw in the towel and didn’t give my all for the club.”

The 27-year-old has been with Real Mallorca since June 2016, joining from Espanyol – where he only played six times for the first team, featuring mainly for their B team from 2013 to 2015 before being loaned out to Ponferradina for the second half of the 2015/16 campaign in the Segunda Division B – Group 1.

In his time with Real Mallorca, Raillo has played 87 times over the course of two and a half seasons, becoming a mainstay in their starting eleven at centre-back. He has played 22 games for the club in the La Liga 2 so far this season, helping the Mallorca based side into 8th in the table.

 


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