Official: Castro to retire at Betis

Ruben Castro has signalled his intent to retire at Real Betis after signing a new contract with the club until 2019.

Castro has been at Betis since 2010, scoring 138 goals in little over 250 appearances for Los Verdiblancos to become their all-time top scorer, and the striker now has the sides La Liga record in his sights.

“It was what we both wanted. I’m very comfortable here, I’ve been at the club for six years, it’s the pace where I’ve been treated the best and played most of my football. It’s a very happy day,” the 35-year-old told the club’s official website.

“A dream to retire at Betis? Not all players can say that, I’m lucky enough to say I want to retire here I’m very happy and the club are with me. What I’ve wanted has come true, hopefully I can retire here.

“I’m 35, but my body continues to put up a fight. I’ve played seven games this season and scored four goals. Until my body says so, I’ll continue fighting to score goals and give my best for this club.

“Injuries have respected me until now. That’s the most important thing, hopefully they do this season and that I can play as many matches as possible and score a lot goals, which is what I like the most and what we all want.

“I’ve succeeded in many challenges and I have a few more, one of them is to finish as Betis’ top La Liga scorer and I think I can do it.

“I remember I didn’t think that I’d be here for so long. It’s already been six years and in the past I from one place to another.

“Yet I’ve been treated very well since the first time I came here and [Betis] have taken the most out of me. I’m happy to still be here after so many years.”

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