Kike Sola Will See Out The Final Year Of His Contract With Athletic Club

When Kike Sola joined Athletic Club back in 2013 there was a lot of hope about what he could bring to the team. The former Osasuna striker would initially fill the role of backup to Aritz Aduriz, but struggled to find his best form at the San Mamés. In 2016 he was loaned to Middlesbrough, followed by stints at Getafe and Numancia where he failed to play regular minutes or show that he could one day hold down a role for Athletic. This summer he returned to Bilbao from loan with one year remaining on his contract and he will see that out.

Kike Sola

Kike Sola will stay at Athletic Club this season (Mundo Deportivo)

Sola entered the preseason with many expecting him to be offloaded at some point. However, he played well in friendlies and slowly started to make some believe that his place in the team was safe. Regardless of whether or not he would actually see regular minutes, the 31-year-old said many times that he wanted to stay at Athletic and didn’t want to leave on loan again. On Friday night the transfer window officially closed meaning Kike Sola will be staying at the San Mamés.

The former Osasuna striker will now have four months to prove himself at Athletic and will likely not get many chances to do so. His contract will officially expire at the end of the season and he will be free to negotiate with other clubs in January if he does not sign an extension. With Aritz Aduriz, Iñaki Williams, and Sabin Merino all sitting in front of him in the pecking order playing time will be really hard to come by. Still, this may be Sola’s last chance to prove that he can still play in the Primera.

Kuko Ziganda is actually the manager who gave Kike Sola his first team debut for Osasuna back in 2007. The two have a great relationship and were excited to be reunited this summer. That being said, Ziganda has shown no signs that the 31-year-old will play a significant role in the team this season. Moving forward it will be interesting to see how many minutes he plays and whether or not he will finally move on when the January transfer window opens in four months.

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