Dani García: Every Basque Player Dreams Of Playing For Athletic Club
At long last Dani García is finally an Athletic Club player. The Eibar Captain had reportedly already agreed to a contract with the Basque giants several weeks ago, but the club had yet to announce the move until now. On Sunday his signing was finally confirmed when Athletic officially announced that he had put pen to paper on a deal through 2022 that also contained a €70 million release clause. His presentation took place on Monday at the San Mamés and the 28-year-old was clearly excited to be joining Athletic.
“I want to thank the President and the whole club for trusting in me. The best option for me was to come to Athletic and when I heard they were interested I knew I had to come. Every transfer window I asked my representatives if Athletic had called. For every Basque player, playing for Athletic is a dream. I had always dreamed of playing in the Primera and now I’m fulfilling my dream of playing for Athletic. I really wanted to be here. In December/January Athletic contacted Eibar to say they were interested in me and that is when I knew I had to come.”
The former Eibar captain went on to say that he is excited to work under new manager Eduardo Berizzo and that the coach’s style of play is really intriguing. When asked about Athletic’s reported interest in signing his friend, Yuri Berchiche, García admitted that he would love for the PSG player to come to the San Mamés, but that the decision isn’t up to him.
“I’m excited to work with Berizzo. His system intrigues me and I’m anxious to see if wants to play more like he did with Celta or with Sevilla. I’m also happy to keep playing with Ander Capa who is a close friend. We will help each other and I think we will integrate easily. Our goal is to help the team as much as we can. Yuri? He is a great footballer and a good friend of mine, I attended his wedding over the weekend but we didn’t talk about football. I’m not the one who makes the decisions but I would love for him to come here.”
In closing, Dani García touched on the fact that there is an overbooking in the midfielder, saying that there is plenty of competition in the team. He believes that the competition will make everyone better and made it clear that he has come to Athletic with the goal of being a starter. In the end, he hopes that the Basque giants can get back into European competition this season.
“I’m not the savior. I would classify myself as a defensive and tactical midfielder who can play in a double pivot or a single. I think I can provide balance which, being honest, I think is necessary for every team. I know there is a lot of competition in the middle of the field. There are players who have even played at the international level and are at the top of the game. That competition will make us all better. We will all start from scratch this summer because there is a new manager. I’m here to win a place in the starting lineup and I hope this year goes well and that we can play in Europe again.”
Dani García has been on of the best midfielders in all of La Liga for a few years now. His ability to control the middle of the field and dictate play with his defensive presence is undeniable and just the thing that Athletic lacked last season. He and Ander Capa are expected to compete for starting roles in the squad and will officially join their new teammates when preseason training starts at the beginning of July.