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The Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado has stated that would like to retire in the Spanish Betis because, at thirty-six years old and in his sixth season at the Betic club, He feels “with strength, encouragement and the desire to continue active, playing for a couple more years if possible” and if it is in the verdiblanco team, “better”.
Guardado, one of the Betis captains after adding 151 matches with the Verdiblanca jacket and being the third foreigner who has dressed it the most times after the Brazilian Denilson de Oliveira and the Algerian Aïssa Mandi, his contract ends on June 30, although he expressed his intention to continue in the Heliópolis entity.
“I would love to stay here and why not retire here. But I don’t decide that, first we have to show on the field that we are still useful and productive. And if not, I will understand perfectly and We’ll look for another way, nothing happens. But to this day I feel willing and strong to continue here“, said.
The half from Guadalajara, who this season has added 512 minutes in eleven gamesconfessed to the Betis club media that it is “very difficult for Betis not to hook you”, a club that, in his opinion, “He has something special” for his fans and the cityand he has also been “lucky” to spend three years in European competitions and win a Copa del Rey.
“That helps you get so soaked in Betis. And when you have children and you see that Betis for your child becomes a disease and you see it on a day-to-day basis, everything adds up so that a player feels like one more Betic regardless of the time they are here“, asserted the Little Prince.
He also referred to the situation of the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini’s team after their elimination in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey against Osasuna and losing in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelonaafter which they have “two very clear objectives within reach, to fight for Europe and for fourth place, and then comes the Europa League, which is very exciting”.
He recognized that “it has been a strong blow to be out of the Cup, which coming from last year was very exciting, but It’s time to live these situations and show the team” that they are, since “in good times the road is very easy, but when you experience something like this, it is when you have to show union, joy and, with results, make clear” reliability.
Andrés Guardado lives his sixteenth year in European footballto which he arrived from the Atlas of his native Guadalajara in 2007 to Deportivo de La Coruña.
In Galician lands, Guardado spent five seasons and played 149 games before signing for Valencia, with whom he played 70 times before leaving for German Bayer Leverkusen (7) and Dutch PSV, where he did so 102 times before signing for Betis.
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