Kike Sola: My Plan Is To Continue Here At Athletic

Kike Sola has had an interesting career since joining Athletic Club in 2013. After missing seven months due to an injury, the striker failed to hold down a regular role in the team and has now spent time at three different clubs on loan. Now, entering the final year of his contract, the 31-year-old is hoping to get back to enjoying football and wearing the Athletic shirt. He recently gave an exclusive interview with Javier Sainz of Mundo Deportivo and admitted that the loan moves did not go well for him, but that he was excited for this preseason.

Kike Sola

Kike Sola wants to earn a regular place in the Athletic Club squad (Mundo Deportivo)

“Personally, all of the experiences that I have had on loan have been negative and have not contributed to my football. Of course, you end up getting experience, but in my case it has not gone well. All of these assignments have not helped me and have not contributed anything good. From the beginning I have known what my role is this preseason. I started from zero, from that disadvantage of these last few years, and I had no choice but to give my best every day and in every training to make it difficult for the Mister. I came here with the greatest illusion, but between the injury and not fitting into the coach’s plans I have not had continuity. I believe that is the key, to have continuity and for the coach to trust you.”

Sola went on to say that his familiarity with Kuko Ziganda had him excited to return to Athletic and fight for his place in the team. Despite the last few years being so disappointing, he is still proud to wear the Athletic shirt and would not change his decision to leave Osasuna back in 2013.

“I have already had him as a coach and he knows me better than anyone else. I think of this as the turning of a coin. I came into the preseason with a clear head, thinking only of the present. I am at ease and I’m enjoying my football. I am proud of where I am, to be at Athletic, and I do not look back or regret anything. I have a year left on my contract and my plan is to continue here, to fight and wear the Athletic shirt in an exciting season that can be very special.”

Kike Sola is currently fighting for his place in the team and it won’t be easy to convince Kuko Ziganda. He is in direct competition with Asier Villalibre and the manager recently admitted that at least one will leave the club this summer, perhaps even both. If Sola does leave it will likely be the end of his career at Athletic Club. Still only 31, the striker has set out to prove that he can still compete in the Primera and wants to earn a regular place at the San Mamés this season.

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