Unhappy Beto demands talks at Recre PDF Print E-mail

Besiktas and Benfica linked to centre-back

BetoOut of favour Portuguese defender Roberto Beto has demanded showdown talks with Recreativo Huelva manager Victor Munoz, as reports link the former Sporting man with a move away from Spain.

The experienced stopper was recruited by the Spanish club under the management of previous coach Marcelino in August 2006. A successful first season at the Nuevo Colombino, during which the club recorded an impressive 8th place finish, saw Beto handed a permanent deal last summer.

However, influential manager Marcelino moved on to Racing Santander and was replaced by Munoz, since when the club have suffered a downturn in fortunes, currently sitting one place above the La Liga relegation zone at the season’s halfway point.

It has also proved a testing period for Beto, who has gone from a regular first choice in the Recre defence to playing less than half of the team’s league matches so far. Indeed, the Portuguese was left out of the squad completely for last week’s trip to Valladolid, with the club stating an injury as the reason for his recent exemption, although the former Sporting man has a different opinion.

“Clearly I can’t be happy if I am not playing,” he told Spanish media reporters earlier this week, amid speculation that Turkish side Besiktas and Portuguese giants Benfica were interested in the 31-year-old.

“I am comfortable in Huelva but it is a question of my professional career and this is currently my worst period since I joined Recreativo. I cannot be a hypocrite.

“Why was I not included for the trip to Valladolid last weekend? Ask the manager, or the club. I am not injured.

“The main difference between now and last season is the coach. I respect him, but I don’t accept this. We will talk and we’ll see what happens in the next few days because the career of a professional footballer is short. As I keep saying, I am settled here. But I’m not happy.”

Recre, who currently have fellow Portuguese Silvestre Varela and Carlos Martins on their books, travel to Betis (club of Portugal no. 1 Ricardo) on Sunday evening, looking to end a five-match winless run in the Spanish league.


January 17, 2008

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