Igor Angulo Dreams Of Returning To Athletic Even Though The Club Has Yet To Contact Him
Like Aritz Aduriz, Igor Angulo has aged like a fine wine. The 34-year-old grew up at Lezama and made his first team debut in 2003, but was never able to carve out a permanent role at the San Mamés. He’s gone on to play for nine other clubs since his debut and in 2016 he found a home in Poland with Górnik Zabrze where has been scoring goals for fun.
Last season the striker scored 27 goals in all competitions and was regularly linked with a move to Athletic. This year he’s already found the back of the next 7 times and recently spoke with Radio Marca Bilbao where he admitted that the Lions never formally contacted him about a potential return to the club.
“I imagined it, but I never spoke to anyone from Athletic. I read in the press that they were interested in me, but nobody spoke with me directly. I was very focused on my team at the time. A forward is always asked to score goals and I was able to score a lot last season.”
Angulo is well aware of the comparisons to Aritz Aduriz, but says that they are different players. On a personal note, he says that he is feeling better than he ever has in his career and isn’t even thinking about retirement at the moment. He still dreams of returning to Athletic Club, although a move at this point would be very unlikely.
“When I debuted under Heynckes, Aduriz was there and last year I was compared to him. We are different players, but we have both done better with age than when we were younger. I will be 35 this year and I’ve never felt so good. I’m not thinking about retirement. I’m playing better than ever before and I hope to continue. My phone is always open for Athletic to call. It would be a dream to return, but if they didn’t try to sign me last year I think it would be even more difficult now.”
Despite being away from the club for so long Angulo still loves Athletic. He tries to watch as many games as possible and hopes to see the team start scoring more goals in the games ahead. He also called on fans to have more patience with the team and believes that the squad is strong enough to compete for a place in the European zone of the La Liga table.
“I have always been Athletic and I try to watch every match. Yes, the team has lacked goals but hopefully Aduriz, Guruzeta, and Williams can start scoring more. I hope the situation improves with time. I don’t think the team started as expected. There were several signings over the summer that will be good players and they will help the team. Everyone needs time to adapt. The coaching staff is also new but I think Athletic has a very competitive team that can return to Europe.”
There is no denying the fact that Igor Angulo is playing at a high level at the moment. As long as he continues to score goals he will be linked with a return to Athletic and he’s certainly open to the move. Despite the transfer being unlikely at this point, Angulo remains one of the top players to watch going into the winter transfer window.