Unai López “I’m Happy To Continue At This Great Club”
Unai López secured his future at Athletic Club on Wednesday when he extended his contract through 2022. The midfielder is coming off of a highly successful loan spell with Rayo Vallecano where he was one of the best players in the Segunda and helped lead the club to a first place finish and promotion to La Liga. Athletic made it clear with his renewal that they view him as an important player for the future and the 22-year-old told AthleticTV that he is very happy to be staying at the club.
“I’m happy to continue at this great club. I will try to help the team as much as I can. It has been a very good year for me, both personally and collectively for Rayo Vallecano. My time there has helped me a lot. I believe that I have matured as a footballer and as a person. My goal now is mainly to give everything I can to help the team, my teammates, and try to make this the best season possible.”
Reports have suggested that new manager Eduardo Berizzo has already made the decision that López will be a part of his plans for the upcoming season, but it will be up to the Lezama product to compete for a starting role. There will be plenty of competition in Athletic’s midfield which is a good thing considering that area was one of the weakest points in the team under Kuko Ziganda. Regardless of how many minutes he plays, Unai López proved at Rayo that he is ready for another chance in the Primera and has all of the qualities needed to become a key player at the San Mamés.