Experienced Real Mallorca midfielder Jose Luis Marti says he will bide his time and wait for the chance of a first-team spot.
The 37-year-old [pictured, left], who has completed almost 20 years as a professional, has had to be content with a place on the bench this season as his teammates have secured an early second place in the table.
Nonetheless, despite him winding down his career before finally hanging up his boots, Marti is confident he can still force his way back into Joaquin Caparros’ team this season.
“My chance will come, it always has done, and when it does I will grasp the opportunity, because I have confidence and know I will always get game time,” he told a Press conference.
Marti believes his experience will still be an asset to Caparros despite the Andalusian-born Coach having preferred both Joao Victor and Tomas Pina ahead of him, while the arrival of Javi Marquez has further complicated matters.
“I have experience and a calm head knowing what I have done, and still do, day in day out.
“My work has not slackened off and when I get in the team it’s quite possible they won’t be able to leave me out,” he said defiantly.
Los Bermellones have received accolades from several sources so far this season, but Marti knows it is still early days and warns against any complacency.
“We must keep our feet on the floor. The main aim is to remain in La Primera this term and only when we have done that can we start to dream.
“At the moment it feels good but we are aware it won’t be easy and that we will have some bad moments.
“It is then that we need to know how to deal with it,” he added.