Iñaki Williams has talket to the media in the Jose Iragorri’s press room of the San Mamés Stadium to evaluate its renewal until 2028 by the Athletic Club. ‘When I arrived in 2013 my goal was to reach the first team and now I can say that I will be many years in the team in which I want to be’, began Williams. The forward referred to his red-and-white feeling to describe their emotions at a time that has defined as very important: ‘I want to be a reference, I want young people to feel reflected in the feeling that we have all players of the first team. I want people to be proud of what Athletic Club is all about. Recently, Aduriz decided to finish his career here and that’s what I dream about. I’ve been lucky enough to share changing room with people like him or Iraola, Gurpegi, Iraizoz … many years committed to the club and that’s the essence of Athletic: to be a kid and end up here as a veteran’.
The red-and-white 9 has recognised the interest of some teams during the last campaign, but has shown once again his involvement with the zurigorri project: ‘At Christmas there were one or two possibilities to be able to go out, but I feel very comfortable here. It wasn’t an opportune situation to be able to go out because I don’t leave my colleagues, my friends alone… I’ve never thought about changing my airs. This contract is to celebrate it, and to be happy. It is a sign of fidelity. I have no other plan in my head than to be at Athletic Club’.
Williams has also explained his individual and collective objectives for the next nine years with Athletic and the possibility of sharing a team in the future with his brother Nico: “My dream, like all athleticzale, is to get the Gabarra out again. Bilbao beeing a party and that I will be part of it. And personally, scoring goals. I have the goal always in my mind and what I want is to score a lot of goals and reach the records of the great strikers who have passed through here. My brother? I’d love to fulfil dreams with him, I’ve always said that. That my mother would be proud of both of them. He has to work and it’s up to him to show it on the pitch, like I had to. Nobody gives you anything here, and if he proves it, we could possibly share the changing room’.
Match-day squad for the fixture against RC Celta
Gaizka Garitano has included 18 players into the match-day squad for tomorrow’s fixture at San Mamés (Sunday, 6.30 pm) corresponding to the matchweek 20 of LaLiga Santander
“We’re playing at home again, and we want to win”
Gaizka Garitano warns about the danger posed by Celta: “They are made to be much higher up. They have the need and the level to do it, so it’ll be a tough contest.”
“We would like to give a joy to San Mamés”
Iñigo Martínez highlighted the need for RC Celta to win and their danger at the top: “If we are not active, they will cause us problems”
A match with a particular flavor
RC Celta visit San Mamés, which inaugurated in 2013, and where they will meet again the two teams’ supporters connected on and off the field. Up to 17 players have worn both shirts.
“We have to keep playing the Cup with the same intensity”
Iago Herrerín reviews the draw that has paired Athletic with Elche and Sunday’s league match against Celta
Elche CF, rival in the round of 16 of the Cup
Athletic Club will play the next week in Martínez Valero the match of the round of 16 of the King’s Cup
Athletic awaits rival in the Cup
27 are the possible rivals of the Lions in tomorrow’s draw (1.00 pm) for the round of sixteen of the competition.
What you didn’t see about Sestao River Club – Athletic Club
The best images from the Copa del Rey Biscayan derby between Athletic Club and Sestao River Club at Las Llanas
Schedule until January 19
Athletic Club’s first team have announced the following schedule until January 19, susceptible of last-minute changes
Athletic show their muscle at Las Llanas
Sestao River go down to a 0-4 defeat, where the visitors display their power with braces from Villalibre and Yuri Berchiche