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…”
Play and compete for prizes in the world's most entertaining Fantasy Football Game. Select your favourite players from Europe's top 5 leagues, including Messi, Ronaldo, David Silva and Pepe Reina.