Ballesteros to play another year with Levante

Levante defender Sergio Ballesteros says he plans to play

another season with the Spanish club after reaching the number of

games stipulated by his contract to trigger a one-year extension

through 2013-14.

The 37-year-old team captain appeared in his 25th game this

season on Saturday in Levante’s 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, the

minimum number of games needed to activate the extension.

Ballesteros told sports daily Marca ”I will continue another

year, fighting hard and making trouble. I am very happy and

thankful for the support I have received.”

The veteran Ballesteros has a reputation as one of Spain’s most

physical players.

He played a leading part in Levante’s memorable 2011-12 season

when it reached first place in the standings for the first

time.