The 34-year-old former Barcelona midfielder reportedly turned down a move to Liverpool following a last-minute offer from Spanish side Valencia.
Seydou Keita admitted to the press in February that talks were at an advanced stage with the Merseyside club, but once he heard of Valencia’s offer, he told his agent of his preferred destination.
The Malian international only joined Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side on an initial six-month contract, but as a result of some fine performances, he could well earn himself a year’s extension in the summer.
Valencia have improved greatly under their new Argentine coach, and whilst a Champions League spot is out of the question, the Mestalla side can still enjoy a memorable season as they bid to win the Europa League.
Firstly, however, they need to gain momentum in the league and they couldn’t have asked for a better start away at Almeria – despite the game finishing 2-2.
From the kick-off, Almeria passed the ball back to Argentine centre-back Marco Torsiglieri, who then attempted a pass back to the goalkeeper. As the ball fell woefully short, Keita – who had pressed from the half-way line – profited by steering the ball past the hapless Esteban in the Almeria net to comically create history.
According to the Spanish paper AS, Keita’s goal was officially clocked at 7.6 seconds - beating Joseba Llorente’s previous record of 7.82 seconds.
The night was nor all smiles for the midfielder however. He was taken off the pitch on a stretcher in the 39th minute and did not return, and the extent of his injury is unclear.