Mikel Balenziaga “I Want To Stay At Athletic And Wouldn’t Mind Signing A Contract Like Muniain”
Now that the international break has ended clubs are preparing for a busy week of football. Athletic will be hosting Getafe at the San Mamés and are hoping to pick up a vital win to start climbing the league table. On Friday Mikel Balenziaga gave a press conference and said that if the Lions play their way they can take all three points.
“We want to put an end to this bad run we’ve had and add three points. If we can win on Sunday it will give us peace and help us start looking up. There are three very important points available. What you have to do is take it one game at a time and Sunday we have a good opportunity. Getafe is a team that knows how they want to play and they will be difficult. We have to play or way and with what we have. If we do that we can take three points.”
With the game taking place at the San Mamés Balenziaga also wants to see the fans involved because they can be a difference maker. Athletic will have to be patient if they want to beat Getafe so everyone must be ready to play if called upon.
“We also need the fans to be involved. They can help us and hurt our opponents. Getafe is a team that plays from the back so we have to have patience with every move. Making mistakes would be a weapon for them. Every player wants to be in the lineup on Sunday and help the team. Every player must be prepared for when they get their chances, even if it isn’t on Sunday. It’s a very important game for us. Those three points would give us a lot of positivity to start looking up.”
Balenziaga is currently in the final year of his contract, but he wants to continue at Athletic. He’s hoping to prove that he deserves a renewal and stated that he would consider signing a contract without a release clause, just like Iker Muniain did a few days ago.
“In recent years I have played a lot and others I have been in the situation I’m in now. You always have to work, train hard, and help the team. I’ve always said that my desire is to stay here. I’m very happy at Athletic and I want to continue here. I think it was a good gesture (for Muniain to renew without a release clause). Both he and the club wanted it and it feels good. My mind is clear that I want to stay at Athletic. I wouldn’t mind signing a contract like his (Muniain’s) because staying here is my intention too.”
Mikel Balenziaga is expected to start on Sunday with Yuri Berchiche suspended for the next three games. The 30-year-old has played well this year and these minutes could be the opportunity he needs to prove that he deserves an extension. The season hasn’t gone well, but the team has had two weeks to prepare for Sunday’s game. Athletic desperately need a win and will have to be at their best to beat Getafe this weekend.