Gorka Iraizoz will not be an Athletic Club player next season. After a decade as the starting keeper, the 36-year-old will be moving on as the Basques have decided not to renew his contract. The emergence of Kepa Arrizabalaga has relegated the Captain to the bench and Athletic has decided that it will be best for him to move on at the end of this season. While no one seems to know whether or not he will retire, there will be options to continue playing at the highest level.
According to a report from El Correo, Gorka Iraizoz could make a return to Espanyol this summer with the Catalans said to be in the market for a new goalkeeper.
Iraizoz joined the Athletic Club youth levels back in 1999 but eventually made his way to the Espanyol reserve team in 2002. He played for the first team from 2004-2007, with a loan to Eibar along the way, and then finally returned to Athletic where he has been the starting keeper for ten years. In truth, a return to Espanyol seems to make the most sense for the veteran shot-stopper.
Espanyol is said to be unhappy with the play of Diego Lopez and wants to upgrade at the positions during the transfer window. Not only would Iraizoz be a familiar face at the club, he would also be a major upgrade. The 36-year-old has consistently been one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Whether or not he decides to retire or continue playing elsewhere, Iraizoz’s time in Bilbao is almost over. He is expected to hold a press conference next week to say goodbye to Athletic Club and the fans that have cherished him for the last decade.