Joaquin signs on for two more years at Betis

Joaquin signs on for two more years at Betis

December 28, 2017 Off By Sports Writer

Joaquin has extended his current contract at Real Betis for a further two-years, it has been confirmed.

The former Spain international is currently playing in his 18th professional season and has now signed a new deal which will see him remain at Betis past his 39th birthday.

The new deal will see the winger, who bought over £1m worth of shares in the club last month – remain at Los Verdiblancos as a player until 2020.

Joaquin was born in the coastal town of El Puerto de Santa Maria in the Cadiz province, a town that is about as Spanish as it gets.

It is a town currently without a football team of any note, and as a result Joaquin came through the ranks at nearby Betis, making his debut for the B team aged 18. Promotion to the first team followed the next season and Joaquin quickly became a key player for the side.

He went on to enjoy some fantastic highs as the side’s star player, including winning the Copa del Rey in 2005 and beating Chelsea in the following season’s Champions League.

Valencia then managed to persuade Joaquin to sign for them for a club record fee of around 25 million euros.

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Despite the much-needed boost to the finances at Betis, the president and fans were not happy at the manner of his departure. Joaquin got off to a great start at his new club, playing 35 times in his first season.

However, he couldn’t maintain his early promise and started to struggle to hold down his first-team place amongst stiff competition.

In 2011, after five years with Valencia, he left for the league’s new moneybags outfit: Malaga.

A spell in Serie A with Fiorentina followed before, in August 2015, every Betis fan’s dream came true. Joaquin came home and has remained ever since.