Dani Garcia Says Emotional Goodbye To Eibar Ahead Of Move To Athletic Club
At just 27 years old Dani Garcia is already a living legend at Eibar. The midfielder, who grew up in Real Sociedad’s youth system, joined the Armeros on loan back in 2012 and made the move permanent in 2014. In his first season on loan he helped the club earn promotion to the Segunda and in the following year the Basques made the climb to the Primera. It was one of the best stories in all of sports and Dani Garcia was a big reason for Eibar’s growth and success. Over the last few years he has become one of the best midfielders in all of La Liga, attracting interest from some of the top clubs with Athletic watching him closely the entire time.
This season, after six years in Eibar, it was revealed he would not be signing a contract renewal. Once the winter transfer market arrived he was free to negotiate with other clubs and reports immediately began to surface that he wanted to make the move to the San Mamés. The Lions made him a top priority and the courting process began. Last month it was reported that Garcia had agreed to a three year contract with Athletic Club, with the option for an addition year, and the only thing that was missing was an official announcement.
Garcia called for a press conference on Thursday and the rumors began to swirl. It was already clear that he was going to leave Eibar, but the 27-year-old wanted to publicly say goodbye to the club and fans that had given him absolutely everything. It was obviously an emotional time for the midfielder who found his gratitude and thankfulness difficult to put into words and had to stop several times to fight back tears. He said that it was time to face a new challenge in his career, but that he would always carry Eibar in his heart.
“It has been 6 years with more good times than bad and I have always kept my feet on the ground. There is a lot I could say. The promotions…those promotions are the best memories I have. Good things come to an end quickly and you have to live in the present. Honestly, right now I’m feeling pretty bad inside…I want to thank all of the teammates and friends that I have had here because of what they have meant to me. I want to thank Gaizka, my sisters, and my father. Mendi [manager Mendilibar] I hope you continue to guide the team as you have done so far. Thank you for teaching me to be a better footballer. The pride of having worked with these teammates, coaches, and for this club brings a smile to my face. I have done everything I could at Eibar and now I need another challenge. I’m leaving with my head up.”
Out of respect Dani Garcia did not to comment on his next destination, which will reportedly be Athletic Club. There will be time for that announcement to take place before he joins the team in the summer, but Thursday’s press conference was about saying goodbye. Still in the prime of his career, Garcia leaves Eibar as one of the greatest players to ever wear the shirt, having made over 220 appearances and acting as the team captain.