Athletic Bilbao eye Javi Martienz return

Athletic Bilbao sporting director Rafael Alkorta is working on a deal to bring Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez back to the club, report Marca.

The 30-year-old joined the German giants from Athletic Club seven years ago and has made over 200 first-team appearances, despite being limited by injury setbacks.

“Bilbao is a paradise,” Martinez recently told German publication Kicker, as the report cites.

“I still have a lot of friends there and I cannot say that I will not return there one day.”

Athletic look set to have a busy summer of business ahead of them with Coach Gaizka Garitano and a quartet of players – Aritz Aduriz, Markel Susaeta, Ander Iturraspe and Mikel Rico – all seeing their contracts expire.

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