The midfielder left Sevilla this week after ASM agreed to meet his €20 million buyout clause.
"Since last week, we have heard that this was going to happen," revealed Del Nido.
"We considered the possibility and from there we have brought in [Stephane] Mbia, who ultimately comes in to cover the position but who can also play at centre-back.
"I would think that there has been no lack of professionalism and I understand that he has been professional.
"The image he presented at Levante [at the weekend] was not that of something on their way out."
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