Iñigo Eguaras Still Hopes To Play For Athletic Club One Day
It wasn’t that long ago that Iñigo Eguaras was one of the most important players for Bilbao Athletic. The midfielder was a leader on and off the field but, after appearing in almost 100 games for the reserves, he was never able to make the first team. He left the club in 2014 and enjoyed spells at Sabadell and Mirandés before ultimately finding his best form after joining Real Zaragoza last season.
Eguaras’s first season at Zaragoza was a massive success. Featuring as a defensive midfielder, he played in all 38 games and even provided 6 assists. He did so well that rumors suggested that Athletic were considering a move for him over the summer, but that didn’t happen. That being said, Eguaras joined Lezama when he was just 12 years old and will always be open to a return.
“I grew up in Lezama”, he recently told Radio Marca. “I spent the best years of my life there and I’ll always have that thorn in my side that I didn’t play in the first team. These are the circumstances of life. I’m at Zaragoza now, which isn’t a small thing. Any player would like to play at Athletic. It’s a club that’s different because of the philosophy and no player could say no to their call. I have no idea about the reports last summer. I know there were rumors, but at no time was a call made.”
Despite playing at Real Zaragoza, Eguaras is still very close with Iker Muniain. The two grew up together at Lezama, becoming good friends, and they speak regularly. Eguaras said that he always saw greatness in Muniain and that he’s happy Athletic have turned the season around after such a disappointing start.
“I knew Iker was going to be a great player. He could score goals and he always worked hard. I think that has helped his performances. Athletic started the season a bit low, but we are seeing that they have the squad to aspire for much more. It’s not a good thing seeing your team so far down the table. Now Athletic are in a more calm situation and with time I hope they are even higher.”
Athletic Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta has stated on several occasions that the club is always attentive to players who meet the philosophy and could make the team better. As the Lions prepare to make changes after the season comes to an end, Eguaras could be someone who is looked at as a possible transfer target, although that remains to be seen. The 26-year-old would love the opportunity to return to his boyhood club, but for now he’s just focused on being the best player he can for Real Zaragoza.