Athletic Bilbao: Petxarroman: ‘I have come here to convince Marcelino’

Petxarroman is so far the only Athletic signing for the 2021-22 season and everything indicates that there will be no other new face in the rojiblanco team after Javi
Martinez has given pumpkins again accepting the offer of Qatar. The right back arrives with a clear objective. “I have come here to convince Marcelino”, He stated in his first appearance before the media.

His performance in the preseason will be key to knowing if the Asturian and the club decide to continue in the first team or leave on loan to continue his progression as a footballer. “If I can convince the coach, I will stay here and if not, it will be seen. Seeing my way of thinking, what I want is to stay at Athletic, here I am going to be better than anywhere else. I have come to that ”, he reiterated.

In any case, it will abide by the decision made by the sports management. “The only thing that I have signed is that I came to Athletic and from there if the club decides that I have to go to a Second Division I will accept it, but hopefully I can stay here in the First Division.”

Petxarroman He has been in the preseason for seven days: “The first days I spent with nerves. Since I arrived, my colleagues have welcomed me very well, the reception was also very good and I am very comfortable ”.

The Donostiarra did not know any footballer of the rojiblanca first team, but his wishes to come to Bilbao have been clear. “Athletic is a big club, from the beginning they have bet on me, they have given me confidence, I did not think twice,” he added.

Obviously, it was difficult for him to make the decision after eleven years at Real Sociedad: “It is always difficult to leave home, but thinking of myself and after the opportunity given by Athletic, I didn’t think about it much.

In any case, Ibaigane’s offer was irrefutable. “It is a proposal from a very very important club, an offer like this meant an important option to be able to play in the First Division and this is what made me decide for Athletic. I didn’t think twice, the proposal is very good, I’m here, I’m very happy and from there we’ll see what happens ”.