Juanito negotiating with Levante

Our 34-year old centre back could be on his way out


With the signing of Diego Godín and Jorge Pulido’s promotion to the first team, it was clear that one of Atlético’s centre backs was going to have to leave.

According to Super Deporte that person could be Juanito, who hasn’t impressed since his arrival last summer.

Our 34-year old defender is apparently on his way to Levante. Juanito is in the process of terminating his contract with Atlético, so that he can join the Valencians on a free.

It would save Atleti €600.000 on wages for a player that would most likely not have featured much this season. Juanito’s contract with us ends next summer.

The former Spain international arrived in Madrid last year, but couldn’t win over either his fans or the trainers. He played seventeen matches, but lost his place to Álvaro Domínguez and Luis Perea. With the signing of Diego Godín it seems Juanito has no future in the Vicente Calderón, but the centre back doesn’t want to sit out the last few years of his career on the substitutes’ bench.

Zaragoza duo Pavón and Pulido are also named as possible reinforcements for Levante, but the fact that Juanito will most likely be allowed to leave on a free will hopefully seal the deal.

  • Martin Rosenow

    Nooooooooooooooooooo! 🙂

  • Mohammed

    Good riddance, nay, Great riddance, lol

  • Derek Maaijen

    I actually think Juanito earns more than a million annually, but the article we linked to mentions €600K. Anyway, this would be a great riddance. We should do everything not to stop Juanito from moving to Levante

  • Nick Poskitt

    Why is he kissing the badge for? He’s only been here a year. I’m sure any Betis fans that see that are getting a bit frustrated!

  • NiñoTorres

    Well, that picture is from his presentation a year ago which makes the badge-kissing even more ridiculous! Hopefully we can use some of Juanito’s wages to lure Tiago here, as I think we will miss him badly in midfield.

  • I wouldnt get carried away, it would be to good to be true if he has left.