Newcastle After Juanito? – Probably Not

There are reports today that 32 year-old Real Betis defender Juanito is seeking the contract of his life away from the Primera Divison club.

Junaito – 5’11” central defender from Real Betis

Juanito’s current contract expires in the summer, and this has sparked rumours of interest in him, and yes, of course, one of the clubs mentioned is Newcastle United.

But Juanito is 32 years old, so he is hardly one for the future, and while he is keen to stay at Betis, he will also look elsewhere if he cannot get the contract hge is seeking from his current club.

Juanito said in the Daily Star today:

“It has to be the contract of my life because I’m in great form. I want to be paid what I deserve.”

“My first option will always be Betis. I want to retire here after the three or four years I have left in football.”

“If it doesn’t happen I will find another place.”

Juanito is a central defender has been at Real Betis since 2001, and has played 224 times for the club and scored 18 goals. He has also represented Spain 25 times since 2002 and scored 3 goals.

Juanito represented Spain at Euro 2004 and 2008, playing in the 2-1 win over Greece, and in addition played in the 2006 World Cup.

But Joe Kinnear has already said he will not reinforce the central part of the defense at Newcastle, since he is happy to have Coloccini, Bassong and Steven Taylor fighting it out for the two central defensive positions.

We’d be surprised if there’s much truth in this report, and think we can do better, and bring in some younger players, and full backs have to be the defensive priority.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    i’m sure he’ll get a fantastic reception if he turns up looking like that in those glasses…

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2


  • wayneo009

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Every BIG club needs four central defenders if cacapa goes were going to need one more !!!

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Basically hes probabley seen the best days of his career and wants loads of cash for playing below his best and wants to see out his days on the injury bench.

    Of course he’ll be linked with us !!!!!!

  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5

    We need a monster of a defender if we are going to bring anyone in.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    We’ve got enough young centre backs as it is, the chance to bring in an experienced player for the younger lads to learn off shouldn’t be looked down on.

    It’s not what we need in January but with Cacapa and Edgar out of contract in the Summer then it would be a good, forward thinking move.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    experienced defender & skillful playmaker…
    …& a couple of loanees…Ta!..

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8

    “It has to be the contract of my life because I’m in great form. I want to be paid what I deserve.”

    -he’s looking for the big pay day, the above statement says all we need to know about him.

    “if they dont pay me enough i’ll just keep going until i find a club who will, regardless of who it is”, is what that says to me.
    Newcastle have fallen victim to this far too many times, and i seriously doubt it will happen again. Ashley may have ran the club terribly but as we all know he’s not the type of fella who’ll throw his cash about and overpay. especially not when he’s “trying to sell” us.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Beye said similar when he left Marseille, most players come to the Premiership for the money on offer but who cares as long as they perform?

  • Partizan

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Coloccini said the same thing aswell,but like LW says…..Who cares as long as they perform

  • Darling27

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Not a chance!!!

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    No way too old.we should be looking for young prem wing backs and a good pacey attacking midfielder with guile.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    No thanks; no PL experience and at 5’11” not very tall for a defender……

  • chuck

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14

    32yr. old defender ? We got some already, dont need more.
    How about the young Argentino we were looking at ?

  • nimo

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #15

    wayne we have to face facts in the sense of the team we are not a big team stadium n fan base massive bt team no

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    When is Kadar gonna get a spot on the bench?

    No need for another CB, put Kadar there, for back-up for both CB and LB.

  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    great player, good addition (short term)

    i usually bought him in football manager

  • JARROW LAD who is hurt

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #18

    i love to see vargas in black and white kit on, he a quality midfielder what we need most in toon juan vargas

  • adam t

    Dec 11, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    alex from chelsea

  • LL

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #20

    This won’t happen we are going to sign

    Miguel Veloso

  • Auschas

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Alex would be good to have but he wants first team football and would you put him in for Collo or Bass. I want both of them to get better and keep developing so would not be keen to see either on the bench too much.

  • Sav

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Get Betis on the Dog & Bone and tell ’em we’ve this youngster called Cacapa who’ll do a job for them if Juanito goes….only 3 million and a set of jerseys.


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