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Ernesto Valverde takes Iñigo Martínez's departure from Athletic to Barça for granted

Published:3/06/2023 - 20:16h

Updated:3/06/2023 - 20:19h

Ernesto Valverde confirmed the departure of Iñigo Martínez from Ahtletic Bilbao ahead of Sunday's game against Real Madrid. The central defender ends his contract on June 30 and has reached a verbal agreement with FC Barcelona

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The Athletic of Bilbao visits this Sunday to the Real Madrid in the last day of LaLiga, a party that will mark the goodbye of several players to the Basque group. One of them is Iñigo Martínez, the one who culminates agreement on 30 June and, from does several weeks, reached a verbal agreement with the FC Barcelona to arrive to 'cost zero', after his signing fallido the summer happened in front of the refusal of the 'lions' to negotiate.

In this sense, the own Ernesto Valverde confirmed the imminent exit of the central before the crash in Santiago Bernabéu. "It does not remain at all more than a party and afterwards is when it is necessary to take decisions. Up to now Balenziaga is the one who announced that it went to leave the club and intuye that it can have some drop more, like the case of Iñigo Martínez, and at all more. It is necessary to expect", said the 'txingurri'.

The physical problems cebaron with Iñigo Martínez this year

The player of 32 years grieve played six parties in LaLiga the last semester (all as headline) because of two injuries that kept him out of the fields around three months. First, the central suffered one a fascitis plant that it kept him went from beginnings of year until the month of March. Afterwards, one overloads in the right thigh derived in the call 'injury of the calf jalado', which separated him of the action from finals of April.

In this way, Iñigo only played 18 parties this season (1.639 minutes), including three apparitions in Glass of Rey. The international Spanish also remained out of the World-wide of Qatar by technical decision, by which has completed a season for the forget. However, the one of Ondarroa trusts that a change of airs will allow him recover his best version in summer, being the Barça a destination that had looked for from did quite time.

The Barça expects to close the signing of Iñigo after the of Messi

In what it arrive the 'ok' of LaLiga to his plan of feasibility, the FC Barcelona will look for to close the signing of Leo Messi, together with the pending renewals from does months (Araújo, Gavi, Sergi Roberto, Balde, Dembélé). Once resolved these operations, the directive will do official the arrival of Iñigo Martínez by two seasons, at a rate of some 8 million net euros to the year. The Basque will arrive to do pair beside Jules Koundé like left-handed side, a signing that would precipitate the exit of Andreas Christensen.

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