Martinez: La Real blocked Barca move

Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez has hit out at Real Sociedad Jokin Apperibay for blocking his proposed move to Barcelona last summer.

The defender made the switch across the Basque Country in January after his €32m release clause was triggered, after a move to Barca was blocked six months earlier.

“Aperribay did not keep his word and did nothing to keep me with La Real,” Martinez told Marca.

“I previously renewed with La Real when Athletic Club wanted to sign me, that’s because I reached an agreement with the club when that was the best option for me.

“At that point, my head and my heart told me to stay with the club and if opportunities came up in the future, I could move.

“The president told me he would be willing to negotiate with any team, but then he did not keep his word and he tried to persuade the president of Barcelona from signing me.

“That was a key moment and age for me to take an opportunity which only comes around once-in-a-lifetime, so I cannot trust him.”

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