Andrés Guardado's about to live his 15th season in European football, consolidating himself as the Mexican who has spent the most time in the Old Continent, although he's aware that retirement is very close to his 34 years of age. "It's clear that I'm more pa'állá than pa'acá, in the last years my career. It isn't a secret, that says my age, but it's true that I've that very clear objective of playing one more World Cup, I haven't never hidden, it's my goal to be there. That my legs, my level and the coach count on me's another thing, but that I'm going to fight to be there I don't doubt it".
The man from Guadalajara arrived in Spain in July 2007 when he was signed by Deportivo La Coruña and after five seasons - in which he declined and rose - he arrived at Valencia, then went to Bayer Leverkusen and in 2014 he arrived at PSV Eindhoven, where he consolidated as a figure in the Eredivisie.
Andrés Guardado praised Diego Lainez
The midfielder scored a goal after 3 years in the match between Betis and Eibar on La Liga matchday 36, which curiously went to Diego Lainez's pass and spoke about it. "It's something symbolic especially for Mexico. In my generation, when I came young, the truth was that there were few of us who were in Europe. Today we've more and for the country, our great reference for the future's Diego. The play of the goal was something symbolic to do it with the veteran Mexican".
Finally, Andrés Guardado defended Diego Lainez's decision to sign for Real Betis at such a young age. "Since he came and received a lot of criticism, for my taste, from all kinds of characters in Mexico, who said that it has to be done. There's no rule in Mexico or in any country that says that you're going to succeed. He had to seize opportunities and at that time it was a dream for him to come to Europe. He made the right decision. Afterwards, it's difficult to adapt as a young man, but to him or to anyone, even if he had gone to Holland, because of the offer he had there".