Aduriz continues one more year

When he reaches his new contract he will be 39 years old. He has the strength to finish his career better, because this season, with only two goals, he has been very bitter. It will not have a clause.


Aduriz prolongs his career as a lion for another year. He has renewed until 2020, without a clause, and when his next contract expires he will be 39 years old, will remain the 'grandfather' of the League. The president, Aitor Elizegi; the sports director, Rafa Alkorta; and the coach, Gaizka Garitano, have finally convinced a player with a lot of ascendancy on the stands. The departure of Susaeta, Iturraspe and Rico have produced a great impact among the fans, and the continuity of the Donostiarra mitigates the blow.

Aritz renews the same day as Villalibre, the nine of the future in San Mamés. Will be the two battering rams together with Williams, the main protagonist. And there's Kodro too. The Buffalo of Gernika will continue another four years, as As has advanced today. The campaign for Aduriz has been complicated, because of the physical problems that have been dragging after a game against Sevilla in San Mamés in January. At this time the demarcation has been owned by Williams. Elizegi already advanced that it would be Aritz himself who would decide what to do and the answer today has been yes.

The continuity of Aduriz leaves in the background the interest for Llorente, discarded today. Aduriz has played 23 games this season (in the League, only ten as a starter and 942 minutes). He has only scored six goals (two doubles in the Cup against Huesca, and in League two and a penalty, one for the Valladolid posterity, without taking a leap with a leap and suddenly thrown). The main thing for him is to put the finishing touch to his career without the bitterness of this cruel year in which even in the collective the team stayed out of Europe on the last day. Aduriz will speak about his renovation this afternoon at 4:00 pm in San Mamés.

Aritz is the sixth most important historical player of Athletic (171 goals), , just behind Iraragorri (179), Gorostiza (196), Dani (199), Bata (208) and Zarra (335). So he faces the challenge of expanding his red-and-white legend. Until today, the striker has completed eleven seasons in Athletic in three different stages, in which he has played 390 games. He had to leave twice: first, one season (2003-04) at Burgos in Segunda B; later a course and a half to Valladolid; and, later, two to Mallorca (2008-09 and 2009-10) and two others to Valencia (2010-11 and 2011-12). And it was after that second return in 2012, already 31 years old and with Bielsa as coach, when Aduriz became a star in Athletic and in European football, in which he has had special significance in the Europa League; and also became international at a very unusual age for the advanced. He has played as a lion on five occasions the second European competition (he was the top scorer in 2015-16 with 10 goals and last year with Immobile, both with 8) and once the Champions League. He was one of the members of the 2015-16 Supercopa champion team, in whose final he scored four goals against Barcelona.

Aduriz has 31 goals in the Europa League and ranks third in the historic goalscorers ranking of this competition and the former UEFA Cup, tied with the ex-Falcao (31). In front of Aduriz, only Sweden's Henrik Larsson (40 goals) and Dutch Klass-Jan Huntelaar (34) already appear in that classification .



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