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Bilbao thrash HJK Helsinki 6-0
Athletic Bilbao all but ensured Europa League group stage qualification with a 6-0 first-leg thrashing of HJK Helsinki at San Mames.
Athletic in command against Finns
Athletic Bilbao hold a 3-0 half-time lead in their Europa League first-leg qualifier against HJK Helsinki.
Athletic Bilbao-HJK Helsinki line-ups
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has made just one change to the team that was soundly beaten 5-3 by Real Betis on Saturday.
Effenberg: Martinez not worth €40m
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg thinks the Bavarian giants could be paying over the odds for Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez.
Molina: Bilbao win gave us confidence
Jorge Molina says Real Betis’ win over Athletic Bilbao on the opening day of the La Liga season has given his team renewed confidence.
Bayern’s tax hope for Martinez?
Whilst Bayern Munich admit that they see Javi Martinez’s transfer as increasingly unlikely, reports suggest they could reach a breakthrough today.
Bayern: Difficult to sign Martinez
Bayern Munich have admitted that it is looking increasingly unlikely that they will be able to sign Javi Martinez this summer.
Bielsa has no issues at Athletic
As he drops Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente from the Athletic Bilbao squad again, Marcelo Bielsa denies that he has any bad relationships at the club.
Rummenigge: Athletic won’t cooperate
Bayern Munich's CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge has shed some light on the saga that Javi Martinez's move from Athletic Bilbao is becoming.
Bilbao will not reduce Martinez price
Athletic Bilbao will not consider selling defender Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich for anything less than his €40m asking price, according to Marca.
Sammer: Everything depends on Bilbao
Bayern Munich director Matthias Sammer has admitted that Athletic Bilbao will ultimately decide Javi Martinez’s immediate future.
Llorente off to England
Fernando Llorente’s agent has confirmed that ‘it is very, very possible he will decide to go to the Premier League’ this summer.
Athletic block Martinez sale?
A report in Spain is suggesting that Athletic Bilbao may turn to FIFA’s rules and regulations in an attempt to block Javi Martinez’ move to Bayern Munich.
Llorente ‘must be honest with fans’
The President of the Basque Nationalist Party has urged Fernando Llorente to be ‘honest’ about his desire to leave Athletic Bilbao.
Bielsa plays down Betis result
Marcelo Bielsa has dismissed the significance of Sunday’s score-line against Real Betis but says Athletic Bilbao cannot blame absences for it.
Betis deserved win, says Mel
Real Betis have room for improvement points out Coach Pepe Mel, but they fully deserved their 5-3 win at Athletic Bilbao today.
Line-ups: Real-Valencia, Athletic-Betis
Gonzalo Higuain is preferred to Karim Benzema for Real Madrid, Valencia’s Roberto Soldado is fit to start and Benat Etxeberria also starts for Real Betis.
Juventus up Llorente offer
According to Mundo Deportivo, Juventus have upped their offer for Fernando Llorente to €18m.
Bielsa without five for Betis test
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa will be without five key players for Sunday’s clash with Real Betis at San Mames.
‘Javi Martinez a born leader’
Vicente del Bosque has provided Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez with a glowing reference ahead of a proposed transfer to Bayern Munich.
Bielsa drops Llorente, Martinez
Marcelo Bielsa drops Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez for the opening match of the season and denies threatening to resign if they were sold.
Aduriz: Atmosphere not good at Bilbao
Atletico Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has admitted that the atmosphere within the club is not good.
Martinez could halt Llorente sale
Reports in Italy believe that should Athletic Bilbao sell Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich then they won’t sell Fernando Llorente to Juventus.
Wolfsburg set for Benat steal?
Real Betis are reported to be in advanced negotiations with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for the €10m sale of midfielder Benat Etxeberria.
Bayern ‘can afford’ Martinez
Bayern Munich’s honorary President Franz Beckenbauer has rejected claims that the club are struggling to finance a deal for Javi Martinez.
Gurpegui eager for La Liga start
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Carlos Gurpegui says he is eager for La Liga to start so all transfer talk can be forgotten.
Muniain to miss Liga kick-off
Athletic Bilbao have been dealt a blow ahead of the season kick-off with the news that Iker Muniain won’t be fit for selection.
Bayern green light Martinez deal
Bayern Munich’s supervisory board have approved the purchase of Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao, according to Canal Athletic
Bayern sign Javi Martinez - report
German publication Bild are reporting that Bayern Munich have agreed a record €40m deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez.
Juventus also want Muniain
After confirming they want Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, Juventus are also reported to want his teammate Iker Muniain.
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