Iker Muniain has put his slump in form down to a lack of physical fitness, but believes he has turned a corner now.
The diminutive attacking midfielder has been out of sorts throughout a difficult campaign for Athletic Bilbao.
Talking to the assembled media today, the 20-year-old reflected on reasons why and on the overall situation surrounding his team, who currently sit 14th in La Liga.
“I have been in line with the Coach’s view on a lot of things, for better or for worse. Maybe the last few months have not been good for all that has happened,” mused Muniain today.
“I’m very happy here, I have a contract until 2015, in my mind nothing is happening.
“I will push in every minute that I am with this club and hopefully that will be for many years.
“My drop in form is due to a bit of everything, but the main thing is that I was not fully fit.
“This is critical to my game and at times it has not been fair, it has influenced things. However, the Betis game showed that I am recovering and am much better than in previous games.
“Was I angry at being replaced in that game? I was doing well, but obviously I have to respect the Coach’s decision.
“I was angry with myself because every player likes to play every minute. When I don’t get angry for leaving the field is when you should worry…”