Raúl García Extends Contract With Athletic Club Through 2020
Since joining Athletic Club in 2015 Raúl García has become a vital part of the team. The midfielder not only provides goals and assists, but he also functions as an emotional leader and someone who will never back down from a challenge. Due to his exceptional play, Athletic recently triggered a clause in his contract to extend it through 2019, but it was clear that the Basques giants wanted to lengthen the deal and prolong his stay at the San Mamés. The 31-year-old was expected to put pen to paper on a longer contract this summer and that has finally happened.
Athletic Club announced on Thursday that Raúl García has signed a contract extension through 2020. There was no word regarding the release clause so it likely hasn’t changed from the €40 million that has been set for since he originally joined the club. The midfielder from Pamplona will now remain at the San Mamés for two more seasons and has been outspoken about his desire to do so, saying that he is very happy with life in Bilbao.
The 31-year-old saw his season end a few weeks early when the club announced that he had undergone a heart procedure in order to correct a mild arrhythmia. Despite the surgery, he was back doing running drills at Lezama just 15 days later. Raúl García has always been extremely competitive and all signs point to be him being fully recovered and ready to join his teammates when preseason training begins in July. García has already featured in 135 games for Athletic, scoring 39 goals and providing 22 assists.