Barcelona Outspoken on Catalan political crisis
Joaquin doesn’t believe that the likes of Pep Guardiola and Xavi should see their reputations damaged because of their positions on politics.
The two former Barcelona players have voiced their opposition to a court ruling that has seen nine Catalan political leaders sentenced to lengthy jail terms.
“Every person has their own opinion, the right and freedom [to speak] is the most important thing,” Joaquin told the press.
“But you can’t lose respect, dignity. Everyone expresses what they feel and they all have the right to their own opinion.
“What we can’t allow is what is happening, altercations and people fighting on the street.
“All this is making me very sad, I think that it’s the same for many Spaniards and Catalans. I don’t like getting involved in this topic because it’s political and it’s they are the ones that have to sort it out.
“But violence is the last thing [we need]. We always have to be united so that Spain doesn’t give off this image. All this makes me very sad.”
Joaquin‘s contract at Real Betis expires at the end of this season and he’s still waiting to sign a renewal.
“I don’t know, it’s being spoken [about],” he said.
“There are no negotiations because there doesn’t need to be. We’re waiting for the right moment or that we can sit down and agree a deal.
“We’re going to go one by one [years of renewals]. The age is always there, but I feel strong, good, I’m enjoying [playing for Betis].”
The 2021 Europa League final will be held across Seville at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan and Joaquin has hinted at retiring if Betis can win the trophy there.
“I’ve always wanted to retire at a beautiful moment, one tries to go out on a high,” he said.
“But I’m not worried about it. We’re on the journey, it’s not easy because lifting trophies isn’t easy, but things have been going well for a few years now.
“This brings you on a path which is fighting with the best.”