Full name: Juan Valera Espín
Left Atlético in: 2011
Currently playing for: Getafe
Squad Number: 2
DoB: 21 December 1984
Buyout Clause: Unknown
Previous Clubs: Real Murcia (2002-2005), Racing de Santander (2008-2009 on loan)
Juan Valera was born in the region of Murcia and debuted for the local football club on 7 December 2003 against Villarreal in a 1-1 draw, after spending his youth in the system of Bullense. He played a total of ten matches in the 2002/03, but Real Murcia were relegated. The next season Valera played 35 games for the Murcians where they became champions of the Segunda División, which made Atleti decide to sign the winger on a free transfer.
In his first season in the Vicente Calderón, Valera played seventeen games and scored two goals. But in his second season for the rojiblancos Valera suffered a serious knee injury and missed six months of the season. In both 2006/07 and 2007/08 he would play only eight games for Atlético.
When Valera returned from his knee injury in 2007, there was a lot of competition for a spot on the right wing; Valera’s natural position. Because of injuries and suspensions to mainly Seitaridis, Valera was most often used in defence and adapted to the position of rightback.
When Valera was loaned to Racing de Santander in 2008/09 he played twenty-five matches (2 goals), which made Atlético decide to take Valera back. Despite never being a regular for either Abel Resino or Quique Sánchez Flores, Valera did manage to play 23 games in 2009/10, and helped the team win the Europa League in May 2010.
In the following season Juan made 21 appearances for Atleti, mostly as a substitute for the ageing Tomas Ujfalusi. Despite the Czech’s departure in the summer of 2011, Valera was deemed unnecessary after the arrival of Portuguese right back Sílvio. In August of 2011 Valera was released by Atlético and he joined Getafe on a free transfer.