César Montes, the 10th Mexican player in Spanish soccer in 2023
The centre-back joins Andrés Guardado and ‘Tecatito’ Corona, as the three most prominent Mexican players in LaLiga.
Mexican defender César Montes will become the tenth Mexican to participate in the different categories of Spanish soccer at the start of 2023. The defender was recently signed by Espanyol and joins Andrés Guardado and Jesús Tecatito Corona, to be the three most prominent Mexican stars currently in the top two divisions of Spanish football.
Montes will play in LaLiga, the senior category of the Spanish league, defending the colours of Espanyol while Andrés Guardado El Principito continues at Betis and Jesús Corona is due to return to action with Sevilla once he recovers from his injury.
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Up until recently, his team mate at the Carlos Tartiere was left-back Alonso Aceves, a player who opened the doors of Europe against all odds. He joined on loan from Pachuca at the start of the season and ended up playing 10 games under coach Álvaro Cervera, all in the starting XI. However the club decided to terminate his loan agreement at the start of 2023.
Another Mexican player who is also making his case is Jordan Carillo who is on the books at Sporting Gijón, along with Miguel Guzmán and Gustavo Carmona at Salamanca - both in the Spain’s Second Division, the Liga Santander.
Luis Telles deserves a separate note. He is with Extremaduran side Cacereño, who play in the Second Division Federation - the fourth level of Spain’s league system. They drew Real Madrid in the Last 32 of the Copa del Rey, and the Mexican midfielder had the honour of playing 75 minutes against the 14-time European champions on Tuesday night.
And lastly, other Mexican players are registered at clubs in the lower categories, such as Alan Araiza who is with Salerm Puente Genil in the fifth division of the Spanish league and youth team goalkeeper Tobías Romero who plays for AD Penya Arrabal’s Under-19s.