ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS

Josu Urrutia has made it clear that Athletic Bilbao could yet keep Aymeric Laporte this summer, despite heavy speculation about the defender’s future.
Fernando Llorente is hoping “luck” is on Sevilla’s side when they contest the Copa del Rey and Europa League finals later this month.
A plan to revamp the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, inspired by basketball’s final four, has reportedly been discussed.
Javier Tebas assures La Liga is paying close attention to every game to make sure the season ends without any favours.
Quique Setien paid tribute to Juan Carlos Valeron after the veteran played his last home game for Las Palmas.
The dates and times of La Liga’s final round have been confirmed as the title race and relegation fight go to the wire.
Live coverage of the penultimate round of the 2015-16 La Liga season as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid fight for the title.
The destination of the title could be decided today while the relegation picture can change in La Liga’s penultimate round of fixtures.
Ernesto Valverde hopes Aymeric Laporte stays at Athletic Bilbao as he looks toward the end of the season.
Aymeric Laporte has refuted speculation that Manchester City are closing in on his signature as “my loyalty and profound respect for Athletic Bilbao is full”.
Basque television claims Manchester City will activate Aymeric Laporte’s €50m buyout clause this summer as Athletic Bilbao are resigned to the defender’s exit.
Ernesto Valverde admitted Gustavo Cabral’s three minutes of madness helped Athletic Bilbao in their 2-1 win against Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Ernesto Valverde has insisted that Athletic Bilbao “are going for fifth” in La Liga to avoid any summer qualifiers ahead of Sunday’s trip to Celta Vigo.
Paolo Maldini has spoken of his ‘admiration’ for Athletic Bilbao after receiving the One Club Man award from the Basques.
Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has reportedly emerged as Barcelona’s alternative to Jose Gimenez, Aymeric Laporte and Marquinhos.
Ernesto Valverde conceded Athletic Bilbao “weren’t superior” to Levante in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw and questioned the “fairness” of his side’s comeback.
Athletic Bilbao will be without Aritz Aduriz for Sunday’s trip to Levante, but Ernesto Valverde is optimistic of a speedy recovery from injury for the striker.
Ernesto Valverde reminds that Atletico Madrid aren’t the only side with objectives as they go to Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames.
Ernesto Valverde hailed Athletic Bilbao’s “incredible heart” as Sunday’s 1-0 win at Malaga moved them up to fifth in La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde accused La Liga of “victimising” its Europa League representatives as Athletic Bilbao prepare for an early kick-off against Malaga.
Athletic Bilbao have been dealt a fitness boost as Aritz Aduriz’s injury against Sevilla on Thursday is not bad as first feared.
Ernesto Valverde sympathised with Benat Etxeberria after the midfielder missed the decisive penalty in Athletic Bilbao’s quarter-final defeat to Sevilla on Thursday.
Unai Emery dismissed suggestions Sevilla were fortunate to overcome Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League quarter-finals as “luck has to be earned”.
Raul Garcia believes Athletic Bilbao can recover their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla. ‘We’re very clear what we have to do.’
Ernesto Valverde is concerned by Sevilla’s set-piece threat as Athletic Bilbao go to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Europa League.
Kevin Gameiro tells Sevilla to be prepared for extra time in the Europa League quarter-final with Athletic Bilbao. ‘We know a lot can happen.’
Unai Emery sees the Europa League quarter-final second leg with Athletic Bilbao as a ‘great opportunity’ for Sevilla but stressed the need to focus.
Athletic Bilbao go to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-final second leg without Inaki Williams, who has a muscular injury.
Ernesto Valverde admitted Athletic Bilbao’s luck had returned after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde says Athletic Bilbao are looking for “compensation” when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to San Mames on Sunday.

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