Valencia CF captain David Albelda has agreed a contract extension that will keep the Spanish international at the club until 30 June 2011.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who has won 44 international caps, started his career with the Spanish club's youth teams and, after two spells at neighbouring Villarreal CF in 1996/97 and 1998/99, established himself in Valencia's first team. He has gone on to make 222 Primera División appearances and while at Mestalla has won the 2004 UEFA Cup, the UEFA Super Cup a year later, two Spanish league titles and the 1999 Spanish Super Cup with Valencia, whom he also helped to the UEFA Champions League final in 2000 and 2001.
"It's been a difficult and strange season but both parties wanted the same thing," said Albelda, who missed two months of the campaign with a knee ligament injury. "With this new contract I can guarantee I will retire at the club because I don't know what state I will be in at the age of 34. I want to thank the club and everyone else for trusting me and making me feel comfortable here." Valencia finished fourth in Spain in 2006/07, and will enter the UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round.
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