The versatile player is currently in his 12th season with Athletic and has already made 410 appearances for the Club, putting him at 15th in the all-time appearance makers list.
“Hopefully, I can end my career here at Athletic,” De Marcos said at a virtual press conference in Lezama. “But you never know, a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen.”
Óscar has struggled with injury issues in recent years, missing most of the 2020 season with an ankle problem. But he is now back to full fitness and enjoying his football again, something that made putting pen to paper on his new deal much easier.
“The truth is I’ve felt much better physically in recent weeks,” De Marcos added. “We got the renewal done quickly because the Club and I both believe I can keep contributing to the team.”
He confessed it was not an easy road to this point, saying: “I had a lot of doubts. Throughout almost all of 2020 I wondered if it might be my last season in football.
“I was in a lot of pain and I didn’t want to drag out my career if I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing something.
“But now I’m well, my ankle doesn’t hurt anymore and above all I’m enjoying the daily work.”
Athletic’s next fixture sees them take on Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday night (February 4, 21:00 CET).
The Lions beat Betis 4-0 in LaLiga Santander back in November, but De Marcos insisted that result will count for nothing in Thursday’s “all-or-nothing” clash.
“Every match in the Copa is difficult,” he said. “Concentration is going to be very important if we’re to win the game.
“If we do our jobs and stick to the plan, I can see us coming back with a place in the semi-finals.”
Highlights I Levante UD 1-1 Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
A game of two penalties, as both sides get a point
Marcelino: “A victory for us would’ve been fair”
Marcelino bemoaned the defensive mistakes that led to Levante’s goal
Athletic held to frustrating draw by Levante
Despite constantly threatening, Athletic only pick up one point from a match where both goals came from the penalty spot
Confirmed line-ups: Levante UD vs Athletic Club
The XI’s for tonight’s LaLiga match at the Ciutat de Valéncia
Global TV Guide: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
When and where to watch Athletic’s upcoming LaLiga match against Levante UD
Marcelino: “We’re focused on winning tomorrow”
Marcelino looks ahead to Friday night’s LaLiga Santander match against Levante UD
Squad list: Levante UD vs Athletic Club (LaLiga Matchday 25)
Marcelino has called up 23 players for Friday night’s clash with Levante UD at the Ciutat de València
A big week against Levante
Athletic will face Levante twice in six days, starting with a LaLiga fixture on Friday (21:00 CET)
Raúl García: “The more difficult the challenge, the better”
After extending his contract with Athletic Club until 2022, Raúl García expressed his intention to keep going “as long as he was up to the task of competing for this Club”
Raúl García signs contract extension until 2022
The agreement includes an option for a further season depending on a number of targets.