Athletic Bilbao striker Gorka Guruzeta signs new contract until 2028-Xinhua


Athletic Bilbao striker Gorka Guruzeta signs new contract until 2028

Source: Xinhua

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2024-02-20 19:21:45

MADRID, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday rewarded striker Gorka Guruzeta for his excellent season, with a new contract until the end of June 2028.

Guruzeta is the club's joint highest top-scorer, along with Inaki Williams, with 10 goals and his pace and movement off the ball have been vital in the club's excellent season, which see them currently sits fifth in La Liga, two points behind Atletico Madrid, as well as reaching the Copa del Rey semifinals, where they hold a 1-0 first leg advantage over Atletico.

The 27-year-old youth team product made his first team debut for the Basque club in the 2018-2019 season, but was released in 2020, spending one season each with second division clubs Sabadell and Amorebieta.

It was while he was at Amorebieta, a small club based close to Bilbao, that his form drastically improved, with a haul of 13 goals convincing Athletic to resign him for a small fee.

Last season Guruzeta netted six times in La Liga, and this time he has nine La Liga goals and one against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, although he has also impressed with his link-up play and ability to create space for the rapid Williams brothers and attacking midfielder Oihan Sancet.

"He is the perfect striker for our footballing model. He is tactically brilliant and always positions himself in the right place. He is effective in the penalty area and has improved his movement in the last few meters."

"He is a very complete forward and incredibly valuable for us. This is great news, and it guarantees we have a great striker for the next few years," celebrated the club's Director of Football, Mikel Gonzalez.