Iker Undabarrena will race far from Lezama. The Biscayan midfielder will be former rojiblanco player starting this Saturday, which is when he finishes his contract with the Ibaigane entity. Linked to the Athletic from alevín age, the one of Gorliz is one of the soccer players with more future of all those that have militated this season in the branch. “Iker is a great footballer and I have a weakness for him, injuries have not let him get to where I think he would have come from, which is the first team, but he is young and we can have a great footballer,” said Gaizka Garitano of the midfielder. last April.
All in all, Athletic has not addressed its renewal for months. The sports management considered that it had tied Mikel Merino and did not move a finger to ensure the continuity of Undabarrena, who last season was one step away from playing on loan in the Second Division, but who finally stayed at Lezama to enhance the playoff options of promotion of Bilbao Athletic.
Undabarrena (23 years old) has left behind two serious knee injuries and has regained his best tone. Captain of Bilbao Athletic, Gorliz could have left Lezama when he left the Basconia after receiving offers from other quarries, but opted for Athletic.
The Bilbao club, despite finishing contract, did not include him in his list of casualties on May 30, although by then his goodbye was sung. The Athletic moved a first option of renewal in the first round and since then there have been no more contacts. The club at no time proposed him to promote the preseason of the first team, which is something he did with one of his teammates during the process of renewing their respective contracts.