ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS
Valverde: If Messi were Basque…
Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde has joked that if Lionel Messi were Basque, his club would sign him and win the Champions League.
Athletic sign Elustondo
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the signing of Gorka Elustondo from Basque rivals Real Sociedad on a two-year deal.
Muniain signs Athletic renewal
Athletic Bilbao have announced that Iker Muniain has extended his contract for a further two years until 2019.
Official: Laporte pens Athletic renewal
Athletic Bilbao have announced on their official website that Aymeric Laporte has extended his contract until 2019.
Urrutia: Athletic like Monreal
Josu Urrutia has admitted that Nacho Monreal “would sportingly improve” Athletic Bilbao but denied making a bid for the Arsenal left-back.
Neymar reiterates: I won’t change
Barcelona forward Neymar has reiterated that he will not change the way he plays ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus.
Monreal ‘happy at Arsenal’
Athletic Bilbao’s hopes of signing Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal have been hit after the defender confirmed he wants to re-sign with the Premier League club.
Barca, Athletic avoid anthem sanction
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have avoided punishment over the jeering of the national anthem at the Copa del Rey final.
Chiellini takes Messi swipe
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi would struggle to have the same impact in Serie A as he does in La Liga, according to Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.
‘Anthem mockers must be punished’
Spain’s Sports Council has vowed to come down hard on the supporters who jeered the country’s national anthem in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
Xavi: Messi an amazing luxury
Xavi Hernandez has described Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi as an “amazing luxury” following his contribution against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Bartomeu defends anthem jeers
Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to criticise Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fans for jeering the Spanish national anthem in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
Iniesta doubtful for CL final
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta could miss the Champions League final after leaving the Copa del Rey final prematurely with a suspected calf injury.
Enrique: I’d have reacted worse!
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has defended Athletic Bilbao’s angry response to Neymar’s perceived showboating in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
‘Athletic no match for Barca’
Ernesto Valverde has admitted that Athletic Bilbao were no match for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
‘Neymar didn’t need to show off’
Gerard Pique believes Neymar “didn’t need to put on such a show” during Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on Saturday.
Neymar: I won’t change
Neymar has hit back at suggestions that he showboated during Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
Iraiola unimpressed by Neymar
Athletic Bilbao captain Andoni Iraola has slammed Barcelona rival Neymar for his perceived showboating in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
Barca close in on treble
Stage two of the treble is complete as Barcelona defeated Athetic Bilbao 3-1 on Saturday to triumph in the 2015 Copa del Rey final.
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The stage is set at Camp Nou as Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona prepare to do battle in the Copa del Rey final this evening.
‘Athletic must believe in miracles’
Ernesto Valverde has urged his Athletic Bilbao players to “believe in miracles” ahead of Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.
Enrique: Barca can’t be smug
Luis Enrique has warned his Barcelona players to avoid showing “smugness” when they face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
‘No treble not a failure, but...’
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba has insisted that failing to win the treble this season would not constitute a failure but admits it would be “a big shame”.
Laporte quiet on exit reports
Aymeric Laporte is remaining tight-lipped on speculation that he could leave Athletic Bilbao this summer.
Masche: Athletic a special club
Javier Mascherano paid tribute to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey opponents by describing Athletic Bilbao as ‘a special club.’
Athletic make Monreal offer
Athletic Bilbao have made a ‘firm offer’ to Arsenal for left-back Nacho Monreal, reports in Spain say.
Athletic extend two more deals
Athletic Bilbao have continued their preparations for next season by handing out further contract extensions to Xabier Etxeita and Iago Herrerin.
Marcelino hoping for Barca Copa win
Villarreal Coach Marcelino has admitted he hopes Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final to aid his side’s Europa League campaign.
Valverde extends Athletic contract
Ernesto Valverde will remain Athletic Bilbao’s Coach next season after signing on for another year.
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