Cañas in 2011
|Full name||José Alberto Cañas Ruiz-Herrera|
|Date of birth||27 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2017.
He started his career with Real Betis, joining the first team in 2009 and going on to appear in 72 official games, 51 in La Liga, over the course of three seasons, and spent 2013–14 in the Premier League with Swansea City.
A product of Real Betis' youth ranks, Cañas was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz. He made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 3 May 2009, playing 83 minutes in a 0–2 home loss against Atlético Madrid. The Andalusians were ultimately relegated at the season's end.
Cañas was definitely promoted to Betis' main squad for 2010–11. He contributed with 15 games during the campaign (only four starts however) as the Verdiblancos returned to the top flight after two years, as champions, being a first-team regular in the following two seasons.
In April 2013, before the season in Spain was over, Cañas refused to renew his expiring contract with Betis, choosing instead to join Swansea City on a three-year deal. He made his debut on 1 August, coming on as a late substitute in a 4–0 home victory over Malmö FF in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
On 1 September 2014, Cañas returned to his country and its top division, joining RCD Espanyol on a three-year contract on a free transfer. His first competitive appearance took place 13 days later, as he played the last ten minutes of a 1–3 defeat at Valencia CF.
|Swansea City||2013–14||Premier League||23||0||3||0||9[a]||0||35||0|
- Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
- "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Real Betis 0–2 Atlético Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Media plantilla se encuentra en situación de interinidad" [Half the squad with interim status] (in Spanish). Estadio Deportivo. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "The Real deal: Swansea will snaffle Real Betis star Jose Canas on a summer free". Daily Mirror. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Swansea agree deal for Betis midfielder Jose Canas". Goal.com. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Swansea 4 Malmo 0: New boy Bony nets twice as £12m striker gives Laudrup big first leg lead in Europa League qualifying". Daily Mail. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Canas joins Espanyol". Swansea City A.F.C. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Piatti, Parejo y Alcácer vuelven a dar la victoria al Valencia" [Piatti, Parejo and Alcácer give win to Valencia again] (in Spanish). La Liga. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Las lesiones pasan de ser una anécdota a ser un inconveniente" [Injuries go from anecdote to inconvenience] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Caicedo, Óscar Duarte y Cañas, altas para el Sevilla" [Caicedo, Óscar Duarte and Cañas, in for Sevilla] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Ανακοίνωσε τον Κάνιας ο ΠΑΟΚ" [Cañas announced at PAOK] (in Greek). Sport 24. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- "Bético de familia" [Bético by family] (in Spanish). Blanquivioletas. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Cañas: José Alberto Cañas Ruiz-Herrera". BDFutbol. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Cañas". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 April 2014.