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Athletic insists on the renewal of Iñigo Martínez

Published:30/11/2022 - 01:04h

Updated:30/11/2022 - 01:15h

Iñigo Martínez will be able to negotiate with any club as of January 1, but the Athletic Bilbao board is still hoping to retain him before the summer. Mikel González, the club's new sports director, did not hesitate to recognize his worth

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The future of Iñigo Martínez is still in the 'air' while the central looks for to happen the page of the 'stick' that supposed to remain out of the World-wide by technical decision. Free to negotiate with any club from 1 January, the player of 31 years has explained that, although it is happy in Bilbao, will take the things calmly to define his future in 2023, although his representative already is working from does time in this.

In the meantime, the Athletic keeps firm his intention to renew to the central arrived to the club in 2018. In this regard, Mikel González, new sportive director of the club, cleared how much weighs the one of Ondarroa for the future of the 'lions'. "Iñigo is superimportante for us, is a footballer with maximum level in the staff. He and his surroundings know that the Athletic wants to have he. We carry from the start working in Iñigo and in all the situations", explained.

"We have not been stopped in these five months. We have not marked us a term. We leave opened all the negotiations", added the leader. Iñigo will fulfil 32 years in May and has clear that this, possibly, will be the last opportunity to sign a big agreement and that in Bilbao, hardly, will be able to better his current index card if it remains . The central knows that the club will offer him an agreement of variable index card with several aims, but without increase salarial.

However, further of the rumours, the defender has clear which is his priority to the end of the 2022/23. "Have agreement in force until final of season and will litigate to the end of season to win", said in his last interview for 'Basque Wave' in the middle of his 'holidays' by the stop mundialista. "These subjects of the renewal... It is not the moment neither the place to speak. The day that arrive the moment will speak", said regarding his future.

Iñigo keeps on being the favourite to replace to Hammered

By his part, in Barcelona know that the summer will be the ideal moment for fichar to Iñigo Martínez, by the one who already the directive tried to bid the past summer. The retreat of Gerard Hammered leaves a gap in the staff and the Basque is one of the favourites to replace him, more considering that his signing would produce to 'cost zero'. This yes, his index card will not be easy to fit in the middle of the problems with the 'fair play' financial, since the wage of the central rondaría the 10 million net euros by season. Only Iñaki Williams wins more than him in the Athletic (11.4 'kilos').

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