ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS

Athletic Bilbao Coach Ernesto Valverde has joked that if Lionel Messi were Basque, his club would sign him and win the Champions League.
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the signing of Gorka Elustondo from Basque rivals Real Sociedad on a two-year deal.
Athletic Bilbao have announced that Iker Muniain has extended his contract for a further two years until 2019.
Athletic Bilbao have announced on their official website that Aymeric Laporte has extended his contract until 2019.
Josu Urrutia has admitted that Nacho Monreal “would sportingly improve” Athletic Bilbao but denied making a bid for the Arsenal left-back.
Barcelona forward Neymar has reiterated that he will not change the way he plays ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus.
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.
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have avoided punishment over the jeering of the national anthem at the Copa del Rey final.
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.
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 Hernandez has described Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi as an “amazing luxury” following his contribution against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
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.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta could miss the Champions League final after leaving the Copa del Rey final prematurely with a suspected calf injury.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has defended Athletic Bilbao’s angry response to Neymar’s perceived showboating in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
Ernesto Valverde has admitted that Athletic Bilbao were no match for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
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 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.
Athletic Bilbao captain Andoni Iraola has slammed Barcelona rival Neymar for his perceived showboating in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
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.
Ernesto Valverde has urged his Athletic Bilbao players to “believe in miracles” ahead of Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.
Luis Enrique has warned his Barcelona players to avoid showing “smugness” when they face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
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”.
Aymeric Laporte is remaining tight-lipped on speculation that he could leave Athletic Bilbao this summer.
Javier Mascherano paid tribute to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey opponents by describing Athletic Bilbao as ‘a special club.’
Athletic Bilbao have made a ‘firm offer’ to Arsenal for left-back Nacho Monreal, reports in Spain say.
Athletic Bilbao have continued their preparations for next season by handing out further contract extensions to Xabier Etxeita and Iago Herrerin.
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.
Ernesto Valverde will remain Athletic Bilbao’s Coach next season after signing on for another year.

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