The Mexican international defender César Montes, signed on the last day of the market by UD Almería to Espanyolhighlighted this Tuesday in his presentation as a new red-and-white player who arrives “at a very ambitious project” and that “excites him very much.”
Accompanied by the general director of the Andalusian club, Mohamed El Assy, the 26-year-old central defender from Sonora affirmed that he had become The most expensive signing in the history of Almería “represents a greater responsibility”so he will make “a great effort to meet group and individual objectives.”
“I will try to give everything to quickly adapt to what the coach (Vicente Moreno) asks of me,” said César Montes, who stressed that he is “very happy to come to this institution”, which he He thanked “the trust they have placed” in him “and the effort they have made” to hire him.
How much did César Montes cost Almería?
Mohamed El Assy reported that the cost per The signing of César Montes was 11.5 million euros, plus a bonus if he plays with the Mexican National Team in the 2026 World Cup. He signed a contract until 2028.
This digit places César Montes among the most expensive Mexican soccer player signings in recent yearsalong with Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano and Edson Álvarez.
Most expensive signings of Mexican soccer players
- Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano (PSV-Napoli) – 45 mde
- Edson Álvarez (Ajax-West Ham) – 38 mde
- César Montes (Espanyol-Almería) – 11.5 mde
- Kevin Álvarez (Pachuca-America) – 10.2 mde
- Chicharito (Sevilla-Galaxy) – 8.5 mde
- Luis Chávez (Pachuca-Dynamo Moscow) – 6.5 million
- Orbelín Pineda (Celta de Vigo-AEK Athens) – 6.5 mde
- Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton-Fulham) – 6.4 million
- Santiago Giménez (Cruz Azul-Feyenoord) – 6 million
Montes had a contract termination clause with Espanyol close to 15 million euros. The former Rayados Monterrey player He wanted to leave his previous club because it was relegated to the second division of Spanish soccer.
The selected tricolor He stressed that he is a defender “with a good aerial game and character on the field”although he can also contribute “many more things” to the team, and recalled that “the adaptation in Barcelona was quick” when he arrived at Espanyol in December 2022.
(With information from EFE)