Sergio Ballesteros: “I hope I can go until I’m 40”

Levante centre-back Sergio Ballesteros has declared that he would like to play until the age of 40.

The 36-year-old has played a key role in his Valencian side’s excellent start to the season that sees them sharing the La Liga top spot across the October international break with Barcelona.

The captain, who is also the fans’ most popular player as far as shirt sales are concerned, has revealed his intention to play for another four years.

“We are not yet into the second quarter of the season, but I am part of a team that is going through a good spell that has resulted in a privileged position in the League.

“When I renewed, before anything I said that year on year it would depend on my performance. As I have find [at this time], I want to continue and when I find myself not quite right, I will communicate so.

“Hopefully I can go to 40. Football is what I enjoy doing and I would like to extend my career out to the fullest.”

Ballesteros is part of the League’s oldest average age starting XI that enjoys a slightly more relaxed fitness regmine than others. However, the defender admitted the secret to his prolonged career is that: “much of it is down to the best possible care every day.”

Further reading: Age not a problem for high-flying, pizza eating Levante

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