ATHLETIC BILBAO NEWS

Athletic Bilbao are said to be working on a renewal for in-demand Spain international Mikel San Jose.
Athletic Bilbao could be without Aymeric Laporte for the rest of the season after the defender suffered an ankle fracture while on France Under-21 duty.
Vicente Del Bosque praised Aritz Aduriz after his scoring turn for Spain in the draw with Italy.
Aritz Aduriz enjoyed his return to the Spain fold after he scored in La Roja’s 1-1 draw with Italy.
Aymeric Laporte stretchered off during France Under-21s’ game against Scotland but it’s not known if the Athletic Bilbao defender suffered serious injury.
Barcelona reportedly want a striker with La Liga experience next season, possibly Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro, and Aymeric Laporte could be an option in defence.
Alvaro Morata sees nothing unusual in Artiz Aduriz’ call to the Spain squad and says he ‘wishes Diego Costa was here.’
Vicente Del Bosque has decided the Spain XI to play Italy but didn’t confirm if Mikel San Jose, Sergi Roberto or Koke would replace Sergio Busquets.
Vicente Del Bosque revealed Aritz Aduriz was grateful for the call to the Spain squad but he told him ‘you’re here thanks to yourself.’
Paco Jemez insists speculation he’ll succeed Vicente Del Bosque is just rumours but ‘no Coach is going to say no.’
Vicente Del Bosque believes Diego Costa has been unfairly judged, while Aritz Aduriz was called to Spain ‘on merit, not pressure.’
Aritz Aduriz has insisted that “age is merely a number, what matters is the desire” after the Athletic Bilbao veteran’s first Spain call-up in six years.
Ernesto Valverde rued Athletic Bilbao’s “absurd” 2-1 defeat to Espanyol on Sunday but was unhappy with his former side’s conduct in “stopping the game”.
Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that Athletic Bilbao winger Iker Muniain faces up to three weeks out with a thigh injury.
Gary Neville has “given his word” that Valencia will not give up on the rest of the season, despite their only hope of silverware vanishing on Thursday.
Aritz Aduriz’s place in the Spain squad for friendlies against Italy and Romania is confirmed, with Diego Costa dropping out.
Aritz Aduriz is set to be called up to the Spain squad on Friday for friendlies against Italy and Romania as doubts persist over Diego Costa.
Real Madrid lead the UEFA coefficient ranking for clubs ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw in Nyon.
Ernesto Valverde advises Athletic Bilbao to treat the Europa League second leg against Valencia ‘as if the game was 0-0.’
Gary Neville called on Valencia to ‘fight like crazy’ in the Europa League second leg with Athletic Bilbao.
Aritz Aduriz confirms he hasn’t heard from Vicente Del Bosque but praises the Spain Coach and forward rival Diego Costa.
Ernesto Valverde issued a rallying cry to his Athletic Bilbao players after Sunday’s 3-1 win against Real Betis as “six points isn’t too steep a deficit”.
Gary Neville admitted “I’ve never seen a pitch in this condition” after Valencia’s 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao at a rain-sodden San Mames on Thursday.
Ernesto Valverde insists Athletic Bilbao are not favourites against Valencia in their Last 16 Europa League tie first-leg clash on Thursday.
Valencia boss Gary Neville says he is looking forward to the atmosphere at San Mames against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Athletic Bilbao President Josu Urrutia is ‘proud’ of Aritz Aduriz and insists no offers have been made for Aymeric Laporte or Ernesto Valverde.
Denis Suarez will return to Barcelona from Villarreal this summer and be joined by three new faces, a report in Spain claims.
Ernesto Valverde confirmed Athletic Bilbao would appeal Aymeric Laporte’s red card against Sporting Gijon in La Liga on Sunday.
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has insisted that rumours linking him with the Real Madrid job were not the reason for his sudden contract extension.
Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz has revealed the secrets to his prolific goalscoring form at the tender age of 35 – “rest, diet and a little pampering”.
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