Two more years for Canizares
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Santiago Canizares, 37, has extended his contract for a further two years with Valencia.
Veteran goalkeeper Santiago Canizares has extended his contract for a further two years with Valencia.
The 37-year-old is still the Che's number one, but his previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season.
There had been some confusion as to whether he would extend his near nine-year association with the club, with director of sport Amadeo Carboni reportedly keen to bring in a younger number one with Liverpool's Jose Reina his preferred target.
However, president Juan Soler intervened to ensure Canizares was offered two more years and the experienced former Real Madrid and Celta Vigo shot-stopper is delighted to be staying on at the Mestalla.
"I want to thank president Soler who has made it possible for me to continue in Valencia," he stated.
"Two of my three sons were born here in Valencia and we did not want to leave.
"Personally I have had some very good moments during my years at Valencia, although today is perhaps one of the best.
"I have received a lot of affection from many people at the club and that is what I needed.
"Whilst I continue to be a footballer I will think as one. The moment I start to think about what I will do when I retire is my first step towards retiring."