The good start of 2021, passport for the renewal of Duarte

The Costa Rican defender Oscar Duarte has automatically renewed your contract with the I raised having participated in sixty percent of the official matches of his team and, above all, thanks to a brilliant 2021 in which he has played almost triple what he had done since his arrival in Valencia in 2019.

With his ownership on Friday in Vigo before the Celtic, the defender has already played more than 45 minutes in twenty-two First Division matches and five in the Copa del Rey, which serves to execute one of the clauses of his contract that expires in June.

The weight of Duarte in Levante today is important and, in fact, he has become coach Paco López’s first choice when choosing a central defender in his line-ups.

His participation in the team has taken a radical turn in 2021, although the turning point was in the last game of the previous year, when he started and scored one of Levante’s goals in the 4-3 win against Betis in the Ciutat de València.

The Costa Rican player, who until then had barely played, had just overcome the coronavirus and took advantage of the casualties for different reasons of fellow defensemen, such as Vezo, Postigo or Rober Pier, and has no longer left the plans of his coach, Paco López .

Duarte chained eleven titles in a row between December 2020 and March 2021 and was also a starter in the two games of the Copa del Rey semifinals that Levante played against Athletic Club.

The elimination against the Basque club was a turning point for Levante in the season and since that Cup match it has only achieved two wins in the last nine league games, in a drop in performance that Duarte has also noticed.

Despite this, he has participated in all the games, on some occasions from the bench, and he still has the last four league games ahead of him to improve his statistics at an individual and collective level.

Duarte arrived at Levante in the summer of 2019 after ending his contract at Espanyol and in his first season he only played nine games between the League and the Copa del Rey.

Despite having one more year of contract, Duarte’s continuity in Levante is not certain, since he could leave without paying any penalty to Levante if at the end of the season he presents a contract offer from another team and the Valencian club does not match it. both in the duration and in the economic amounts of the proposal.