Understandably, Miki Roqué has completely dominated the Betis news agenda this week, but there have been one or two other stories as well. Let's scoot round them quickly...
l The players are due to return from their holidays next Thursday, when they'll learn that, as suggested a week ago, the much vaunted pre-season tour of China has been cancelled. Once the organisers defaulted on certain agreed payments - just as they had done to Premier League club Fulham - Betis were really left with no alternative but to withdraw. Instead, the first team squad will be training 60 miles down the road at the resort hotel Nuevo Portil near Huelva between July 9th and 19th, before heading off to two weeks in Bad Shönborg in Germany from July 27th. The only friendly confirmed so far is a game against Bundesliga club Freiburg on August 11th, but a couple more fixtures against German sides are likely to follow, with a trip to England also a possibility.
UPDATE: A friendly at another Bundesliga club, Hoffenheim, has just been arranged for 3pm on August 5th.
The collapse of the China adventure is a blow for the club's long-term aim of raising their profile in the Far East, but in some ways it's also a blessing in disguise. There had been some concerns about the gruelling heat and humidity the players were likely to face in China, not to mention the host of other unknowns, so staying closer to home will probably be regarded as something of a relief by players and backroom staff alike.
l There's no real new news on the transfer front, but Jefferson Montero has been officially unveiled by the Mexican club Monarcas Morelia. The €3.5million transfer fee paid to Villareal reportedly includes almost €200,000 due to Betis for their part in developing the Ecuatorian into the player he eventually became. The latest winger rumoured to have a chance of replacing Jeff is 23-year-old Real Madrid reserve Juanfran.
One other possible move that seems to be getting more likely by the day is that of Salva Sevilla to Real Zaragoza. Current Zaragoza boss Manolo Jiménez knows Salva from when he was coach at Sevilla and the midfielder was in the reserves and is said to be an admirer. All that remains now, the reports say, is for Betis to decide whether or not they want a transfer fee.
l Back to Miki Roqué and the club have announced that a memorial service for the central defender is to be held at the Benito Villamarín next Monday evening. No doubt there will be many tributes paid during the event, but I doubt any will be as eloquent and moving as the letter written by Miki's doctor - Dr Ricard Valdés Arribas, who also happens to be the brother of Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés - and which was published on the Betis club website earlier this week. Entitled Sueño Cumplido (Dream Come True), it's in Spanish but I'm sure even Google Translate will give you an idea of the affection and respect Miki obviously inspired during the last year of his life.
Nor, as you can see from the photo on the right (from Diario de Sevilla), was Miki unforgotten among fans watching the Spain-Portugal game in Seville on Wednesday.