It is the time for renewal at Athletic Club. Following the agreements reached by club captains Carlos Gurpegi and Andoni Iraola, it was the turn of local central midfielder Ibai Gómez.
"Today is a happy day for me. I always wanted to stay here. A lot of clubs have contacted us but I wanted to carry on. I can only thank the team and the club", said Ibai in the press conference following his renewal.
The Red and Whites have extended the player’s contract, which was due to expire on the 30th of June 2014, for three more years, meaning he will be with Athletic until 2017. In signing the new deal, his release clause has now been set to €35 million.
24 year-old Ibai has played nine times this season in Liga BBVA, scoring twice; once against Real Madrid CF and the other versus RCD Espanyol. Because of the characteristics he possesses he can play in any of the positions at the front of the attack, and should he remain part of Ernesto Valverde’s immediate plans, will reach 100 appearances for Athletic in the next few weeks.