The 32-year-old left-back, who has been in fine form this season, put pen to paper on a new deal this Wednesday gone.
“I’m very happy and really excited I can carry on helping the team,” Balenziaga said at a press conference in Lezama on Saturday. “Every day I try to do my best so I can stay here.
“I love being a part of this dressing room and coming to training.
“As long as I have that passion and my body lets me, I’ll keep playing football.”
Balenziaga is currently into his 10th season at Athletic, and while his role has changed recently, he still feels he has a lot to offer the team.
“I train the same way I did when I played more often,” Balenziaga added. “My goal is to help on the pitch when I’m called upon, whether I start or I’m on the bench.
“I always try to be ready when I’m asked to play.
“I was ready for the match against Levante, just as I was for the Super Cup. And that’s how I’m going to carry on – making sure I have something to give while I’m here.
“When either myself or the Club no longer see that as being the case, then I’ll stop being here.”
Athletic face Cádiz CF on Monday night (21:00 CET) and Balenziaga believes it’s a perfect opportunity for the Lions to climb up the LaLiga Santander table.
He added: “It’s a very important match in terms of helping us go up the table.
“We’re in a place where we need points to move upwards, but a defeat could also leave us in a bit of trouble.
“It’s a vital match for us to get back on track in the league.”
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.