Ibai Gomez and the Athletic have reached an agreement this Friday for the termination of the contract that united them and that expired in 2022. Santutxu He has said goodbye to what has been his home for nine seasons, divided into two stages, and having donned the red and white shirt 193 times.
Elche Y Vallecano Ray they are now the clubs most interested in getting their services. Ibai, 31, has scored 18 goals in the first team and takes two titles of the Super Cup and four runners-up of Copa del Rey. In addition, he has been runner-up in the Europa League.
The attacker has acknowledged in a statement on his social networks that this “Second tour of the team of my life has not been as expected. First, because I would have liked to contribute more on the pitch, and second, because it has been marked by many extra-sports situations ”.
“I arrived with total confidence, strong having lived almost three seasons at the highest level, enjoying football, my great passion, and wanting to give everything for the shield that my heart flags. What I can say is that I leave with a clear conscience, knowing that I have given 200% at each moment, that I have learned to live situations that I never imagined, but always with sportsmanship and with the desire to improve myself that I think I have always shown, ”he continues.
Ibai also wanted send a wink to the fans, whom he wanted to thank “for all the displays of affection throughout this time, you cannot imagine how much encouragement helps when the situation gets especially difficult”.
The one from Santutxu has acknowledged feeling “fortunate to have shared a dressing room with this great team to which I wish the greatest of success. Our paths part but, as I’ve always said, here will continue one more athleticzale “.
To finish he has talked about his future, what he has in store for him as a player. Why Ibai still has “a lot of football to offer and I see myself fully prepared to enjoy it to the fullest again. With all my heart, goodbye Athletic Club ”.
From Athletic they have wanted to thank him “His dedication and dedication in defense of the entity and his teammates during his time in Zurich and, especially, his commitment until the last days of this very complicated season, as well as wish you the best of luck from now on in his personal and professional career ”.