The Islanders take on Real Zaragoza at the Iberostar Stadium two hours before El Clasico in what is a vital game for both sides in their bid for top-flight safety, yet veteran Marti was in no mood to have his focus deflected from his side’s crucial clash.
“If you’ll pardon the expression, you can stick El Clasico ** **** ****,” he told Diario de Mallorca, referring to a place where the sun very rarely shines. “We have the chance to achieve our aim of safety so the fans can enjoy it with us and not have to go through what happened last year. I hope we don’t even see the Clasico because it means we will still be in our stadium enjoying the victory.”
Although Marti is a doubt for the game with a thigh muscle injury and does not know if he will available until shortly before kick-off, he says the Zaragoza match could be the first of five cup finals Los Bermellones have to play until the end of the campaign, while hoping it will be the only one. The 36-year-old is also out of contract in June and is optimistic he will be allowed to continue another year.
“Winning will achieve our first objective this term and would allow us mathematically to enjoy the rest of our fixtures,” maintained Marti, “so I hope next week we can talk about next year. I hope I can carry on in football one more season and I would love it to be out here.”