Veteran midfielder Juan Carlos Valeron isn’t considering a future after ending his playing days, preferring to enjoy his time at Las Palmas.
Valeron was on Monday evening honoured by AS for his honourable contribution to Spanish football over the years, and spoke to the publication in detail.
“It’s too soon to think about the bench. I haven’t thought about it. When you’re active it takes a lot out of you and I’m focused on this season and enjoying every match,” he stressed.
“I don’t know what my future will be. I’m really enjoying this stretch of my career, at home with the team of my region, who gave me the opportunity to be a professional.
“I want to help as much as possible because the first year after going up is very important, one of the most difficult and to stay up would be very important for the club. Let’s see if we succeed.”
Valeron was speaking the same day a good friend, Sergio Gonzalez, was removed from his position as Espanyol Coach.
“It’s a shame, sad because he is a very close friend. We shared many years in the locker room,” Valeron said of his old Deportivo La Coruna colleague.
“After re-signing with Espanyol last year it’s a pity he had to leave. I thought they were in a good situation, but that’s football. I send him my encouragement and a big hug.”
Las Palmas are only four points behind Espanyol after their weekend win over Real Betis, a result Valeron agrees was hugely important.
“It came when we needed it because it’s very even. It gives us a little breathing room because we were in a difficult situation,” he acknowledged.
“Now we’re closer to the group [of teams at the bottom]. With the desire for more wins we hope everything works out the way we want.”
The 40-year-old concluded by discussing former team Atletico Madrid and while he stopped short of saying Los Colchoneros can regain the title, suggested they were at least close based on results so far.
“There’s little to discover about Atleti in the last few years, since Diego Simeone took over,” Valeron said.
“They always reinvent themselves and compete at a high level while a lot of players leave. I’m happy for Atletico, I hope they continue to do well. The second round will show what they can aspire to.”
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