True Betis veteran Joaquin will play LaLiga football into his 40s as he puts on paper a new one-year deal to stay with his youth club so he can stop ‘with fans in the stands’.
- Real Betis captain Joaquin has signed a new one-year contract with his boys’ club
- The year extension of his Betis deal will see him play up to 40 LaLiga football
- Joaquin, who will turn 40 in July, has played 415 games for the club from Seville
Real Betis captain Joaquin will play LaLiga football into his forties after signing a new one-year contract with the Seville-based club on Monday.
Joaquin, who will turn 40 in July, made his debut in 2000 at the age of 19 for his youth club Betis before moving to Valencia six years later.
He also had spells with Malaga and Fiorentina before returning in 2015 where he made 415 appearances at the Benito Villamarin stadium.
Real Betis captain Joaquin, 39, has signed a new one-year contract with his boys’ club
He is second on the list of all-time appearances in Spain’s top league after having played 579 games, behind former Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta, who has played 622 times, and will be the only player of the 2002 World Cup to remain in LaLiga plays. season.
Far from playing a minor role as a club ambassador, the winger was an integral part of manager Manuel Pellegrini’s squad last season, playing 30 times in all competitions as Betis finished sixth to secure Europa League football.
The veteran midfielder announced last month that he plans to stay with the club for at least another year so that he can say a good goodbye to the fans once they are allowed back into the stadiums.
The veteran winger, who will turn 40 in July, has played 415 games for the club from Seville
“My contract expires in June, but I feel strong and in good shape on both a football and a physical level,” he said. Diario AS in April.
‘I want to continue for at least another year.
‘I would like to retire with the fans in the stands because I want to invite football fans to attend my last match at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
“I want to play with the audience before I retire.”