Aduriz renews Athletic deal

Aritz Aduriz has signed a one-year contract extension at Athletic Bilbao until the summer of 2019, the club have confirmed.

The experienced striker – who has scored nine goals this season – will celebrate his 37th birthday in February and maintains his €40m release clause at the San Mames.

Having also played a part in Spain’s qualification for next summer’s World Cup – scoring once in three appearances – he may yet be among Julen Lopetegui’s squad for the tournament in Russia.

El Desmarque state the club are ‘delighted’ with the news in the midst of the ‘soap opera’ of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s contractual situation.

Aduriz, who is in his second spell with the Basque club, has hit a total of 156 La Liga goals in his career.

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