End of an era: Navas retires at Sevilla

Jesús Navas and Sevilla will part ways after this season. The 38-year-old Spaniard has played an impressive 688 matches for the Andalusian club so far.

End of an era: Navas retires at Sevilla
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The rumors that Navas would leave Sevilla had been circulating for a while, but now it is confirmed.

The right-back announced his decision to his teammates on Thursday. Navas played 688 matches for Sevilla, with 600 starts, scoring 39 goals and providing 119 assists. His departure marks the end of an era for both him and the club.

Navas came through Sevilla's youth academy and has been in the first team since 2003. His speed, skill, and versatility have made him a fan favorite and an integral part of the team for nearly two decades. From 2013 to 2017, he played for Manchester City, where he won several major trophies, including two Premier League titles. He returned to Sevilla in 2017, reaffirming his loyalty to the club where his professional career began.

Over seventeen seasons at Sevilla, Navas won eight trophies: four Europa League titles, two Copa del Rey titles, one UEFA Super Cup, and one Spanish Super Cup. His contributions on the field have been immense, helping Sevilla achieve significant success both domestically and in Europe. His leadership and experience have also been invaluable to the team, especially during challenging periods.

Navas's decision to leave comes at a time when Sevilla is looking to rebuild and bring in new talent. His departure will undoubtedly leave a void, but it also provides an opportunity for younger players to step up and make their mark. The club and its supporters will forever cherish Navas's contributions and the memories he has created during his illustrious career at Sevilla.

Navas will play two more matches for Sevilla this season. This Sunday, they face Athletic Bilbao, and the club will end the season on May 25 against Barcelona. These final games will be emotional occasions for Navas, his teammates, and the fans, as they bid farewell to a true legend of the club. The matches will serve as a fitting tribute to a player who has given so much to Sevilla over the years.

As Navas prepares to move on to the next chapter of his life, whether that involves continuing his playing career elsewhere or transitioning into a different role within football, his legacy at Sevilla is assured. He will be remembered as one of the greatest players in the club's history, a symbol of dedication, excellence, and passion for the game.