Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta “Athletic Was My Home And Will Always Be My Home”
Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta’s career didn’t go as planned. Once a budding young star at Lezama, injuries prevented the midfielder from becoming a serious player for the Athletic first team. He would go on to play for several other clubs before really establishing himself at Barcelona B last season ahead of a summer move to Las Palmas where he has taken the second division by storm. He recently spoke with Radio Marca during which he admitted that he’s loving his football more than ever.
“I’m enjoying being on the field like never before. We all have good times and bad times. I’ve had enough of injuries and luckily haven’t had to stop playing for a long time. Being able to be available every weekend is a very good thing. I have lived many experiences in different clubs and places, which has helped me grow as a player and person. I’m happy here and only thinking about improving and helping the team. I see it as a positive thing to grow.”
During January there were a few reports claiming that Athletic were interested in bringing Galarreta back to the club, but nothing ever materialized. When asked about it the 25-year-old openly said that Athletic will always be his home. He is thankful to have been developed at Lezama, although right now he’s simply focused on doing his best for Las Palmas.
“I have signed a contract with Las Palmas for four years. In football you never know, but my idea is to be here for a long time. Athletic was my home and will always be my home. I arrived there at 8 or 9 and I spent a lot of time there. Being there since childhood, you are instilled with a respect for humility, values, and hard work. It is a joy to be trained at Lezama. I could enjoy reaching the first team, which was my dream, but injuries came and I had to take another route.”
Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta has stated on several occasions that the club is keeping a close eye on every player who can play for Athletic and could potentially make the team better. The Lions could look to bring Galarreta back to the San Mamés during the summer, but that remains to be seen. For the moment, he’s very happy at Las Palmas and playing the best football of his career with injuries now a thing of the past.