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Villarreal's Senna targets La Liga return

By Football News



Marcos Senna has rejected talk of retirement, stating his commitment to Villarreal and desire to get the club back into Spain's top flight.

After relegation last season a lot of things changed as players were sold in preparation for life in the lower division, but Senna remained with the club to mastermind their return to the top flight.

Currently sat in fourth place in the Segunda Division with five games to play, automatic promotion is still not guaranteed, but Senna remains committed to the club whatever the outcome.

"I'm very happy, and I've always considered this as my home," he said.

"If I have the opportunity to stay here one more season, I'll be happy, and then retiring here.

"This year we are focused on returning to the first division, and then we do not know what will happen.

"I feel good, I think I still have minimum two seasons to keep playing at the highest level, we'll see if it will be here or in another team."

Senna has made 289 appearances for Villarreal since signing in 2002, helping them into the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League, but he admitted their relegation in 2012 was one of the toughest things he has had to deal with as a player.

"It was the hardest moment of my career because I had never lived a relegation before," he continued.

"And it was at the club I have lived the most beautiful moments.

"Let's see if we return this year. I can say I've seen it all here, but the hardest thing has been the relegation.

"It was something that at the time the game was over there is just not turning back, the only thing you have to think about is to return next season."

Next season will be his 11th season at the club having joined in 2002 and even at the age of 36 he has no intention of hanging up his boots.

However, when the time does come to retire he hopes to stay in football, but does not think he has the qualities to forge a career in the coaching side of the game.

"Football is what I do best, and I would like to carry on," he added.

"So far I have not decided what I want to do. I think the possibility of being a coach is the last thing I could do, I do not think I have a profile to be a coach.

"I think that to be a coach is another world. When we're playing it is very easy to say how should a coach act, but then when you are put in (that) place (it) is tricky.

"I believe that in order to be a coach you have to change a lot the way you talk, the way to decide things. It's complicated, but I do not rule (it out), although I have little chance of being a coach."

When the midfielder, who played 28 times for Spain and was part of their Euro 2008 winning squad, does retire and begins to look back on his career he knows that getting the small club from the Valencia region of Spain into the final four of Europe's elite competition will be a particular highlight.

"It would be unfair to choose a memory, since I've also been privileged in my career but (being) in Europe, with Villarreal was very nice," he said.

"When I arrived almost nobody knew the club, I had the opportunity to grow with the club.

"We participated in three Champions Leagues. Out of three, one have been in the semi-finals, another in the quarter finals.

"And we were runners-up in Spain. That for a club like Villarreal is like a title."