WILLIAM CARVALHO has left Sporting Lisbon to join Real Betis.
The Portuguese international has been linked with moves to a host of Premier League clubs over the years, but finally got his wish to leave Lisbon by joining the ambitious La Liga side on a five-year deal.
After being on World Cup duty, the 26-year-old is yet to join up with his new team-mates.
But the club’s social media department could not wait to announce the news and prove he was their player.
So instead of waiting until he joins up with Betis, they decided to photoshop a picture of Carvalho’s head onto another player’s body at the club with defender Marc Bartra.
The poor attempt to make it look like the midfielder was already in Spain was rumbled and the club were forced to come clean and admit they used the body of Junior Firpo.
The club said on twitter to Firpo: “We hope you can forgive us this.”
Firpo responded: “you’re fine!”
Carvalho was part of a player exodus at Sporting after fans attacked the club’s training ground in May after then president Bruno de Carvalho blasted the team in public.
In retaliation to the attack, Carvalho, alongside Gelson Martins, Bas Dost, Rui Patricio terminated their contracts, making them available on free transfers.
Carvalho made his debut for Sporting in 2011 aged 18 after he came through the club’s famous academy.
He has won 47 caps with Portugal and was in the squad when they won the Euro Championship in 2016 by beating France 1-0 in the final.