Betis skipper to stay
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Betis captain Juan Jose Casas has inked a new deal at the Primera outfit.Real Betis midfielder Juan Jose Casas has inked a new deal at the Primera outfit.
Casas, who is club captain, has agreed terms on a new 12-month deal with the option of another year after that.
The 33-year-old will automatically secure himself the extra 12 months if he makes 25 appearances next term.
Casas has spent his entire career with the Seville-based outfit and admits he is delighted to have resolved his future.
"We did well last season and the least I wanted was another season because everyone wants to be at Betis during their centenary year," he stated.
"I said last season my intention, as I was staying, was to help out in the dressing room, but I played more than I have done in recent seasons and it's always nice to be able to help your team on the pitch."
Meanwhile, Betis have lined up moves for Brazilian defender Cicinho and Levante midfielder Alberto Rivera.
Cicinho, a right back who is currently representing his country at the Confederations Cup, has acknowledged he is aware of the interest and is keen on a move to the Primera outfit.
"Yes, I know of the interest of Betis, it has been there for some time," he told Marca.
"I have just signed a new contract with Sao Paulo, but of course I am open to any offer that interests me."
Rivera is expected to depart relegated Levante after an impressive season in the top-flight last term.
Betis are understood to have tabled an offer of é¼3 million for the 27-year-old but are also considering Malaga's Miguel Angel.