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By ESPN Staff

Joaquin pleads with Betis to let him leave

MADRID, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Spain winger Joaquin has reiterated his desire to leave Real Betis and has pleaded with the Primera Liga club to listen to offers from other teams.

'I have spoken with (coach Javier) Irureta and told him that it is time for me to leave,' the 25-year-old was quoted as saying in sports daily AS on Thursday.

'I've achieved everything possible at Betis and now I want to continue my career at another club.'

Joaquin, who has won 42 caps for Spain and was part of the squad for the World Cup, graduated to the Betis first team from the reserves in 2000 when the club was in the second division and has been a leading member ever since.

Betis said last season that they had rejected a bid from Chelsea for the player. He has also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The winger, who is under contract to Betis until 2010, said Valencia were the latest team to express their interest.

'Valencia have offered 15 million euros ($19.28 million) for me plus (Uruguayan winger Mario) Regueiro,' he said. 'I understand that Betis want to set the price but they told me they would listen to offers and they haven't done that.'

Valencia bought Italian striker Francesco Tavano from Empoli on Wednesday for and remain keen to strengthen their squad.

Betis are also at loggerheads with Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira who has failed to return after a loan spell at Sao Paulo.

Oliveira is angry that Betis refused him permission to extend his loan deal in order to play in the second leg of the final of the Libertadores Cup and has not yet returned to Seville.