Argentina international Banega joined Sevilla in 2014 and returned to Ramon Sánchez Pizjuan in 2017 after a Serie A season with Inter.
Banega will play for Al-Shabab
Ever Banega felt varied emotions after Sevilla’s Europa League victory over Inter brought the curtain down on his time with the club. Argentina international Banega joined Sevilla in 2014 and returned to Ramon Sánchez Pizjuan in 2017 after a Serie A season with Inter. He will continue his football career in Saudi Arabia with Al-Shabab after Sevilla won UEFA Europa League for a record sixth time on Friday. The 32-year-old played an essential role as Julen Lopetegui’s team beat his former club Inter 3-2 in Cologne. Setting up Luuk de Jong’s second goal after Romelu Lukaku put the Nerazzurri ahead in the fifth minute. Diego Godin equalized in the 35th minute, but Lukaku sent Diego Carlos an overhead kick into his net after Inter failed to clear the free-kick from Ever Banega, and there was no way back for Inter.
Argentinian is leaving the club with head held high
“I have no words for this sentimental and, at the same time, a bit sad moment. I have to leave Sevilla of my life, but I am satisfied,” Banega told journalists. I’m leaving with another title, thanks to my team-mates, and I am going with my head held high. I want to thank all players for making me win another cup and the coaching staff for taking us to the top. The hug with Julen Lopetegui after the final whistle was one of love and work because of what we went through this season. I remember when I lowered my level a little. He left me outside the team and showed that you couldn’t get anything without work. Now I have to have fun, take the cup to Seville. To people who could not be here, but that we feel close too.”
Banega spent five seasons at Sevilla over six years, with 12 months at Inter in between. He competed in three of Sevilla’s six Europa League titles. But the 32-year-old was not offered a contract for the next season. Al-Shabab confirmed Banega’s signature in January. With a move that will take place now that the season has ended and the player’s contract has now expired. Six-time Saudi Arabian champions Al-Shabab finished fifth in the Pro League in 2018-19.