Brazilian left-back defender Evaldo has renewed his contract with Cova da Piedade and will play another season in the Portuguese Liga II club, the player confirmed to Lusa.
"Everything has been agreed since November and is already signed," Evaldo confirmed at the age of 37, having just finished the season as the only absolute total of the team (he completed the 90 minutes in all 34 league games, three in the Portuguese Cup and one of the League Cup, totaling 3,450 minutes).
The team captain of Porto, who has already played for FC Porto, Sporting and Sporting de Braga, among other I Liga clubs, will play for the fourth consecutive season in the club on the south bank of the Tagus, matching the record of times reached in the Marítimo, between 2004/05 and 2007/08.
"I am a player who rests a lot and when the mind is still able to conduct the body it is possible to play until the age of 38," explained the player trained at Atletico Paranaense, Brazil, underlining the "happiness of not having injuries" and that this must to "work every day as if it were the first".
On the troubled times that ended on Sunday, in which the Cova da Piedade ensured the second tier stay for the fourth consecutive season, Evaldo highlighted the "union of the group", which allowed "overcoming all difficulties", as well as the work of the three coaches who went through the club throughout the year.
"I just have to thank Eurico Gomes, Hugo Falcão and Miguel Leal, because they were all very important in the group's success. They were all fantastic and when 'mister' Miguel Leal arrived he was able to do an internship and close the group, the return and leave the last place, "stressed the piedense defender.