Athletic Club Officially Sign Barcelona Goalkeeper Jokin Ezkieta
Athletic’s first, and likely only, summer transfer has been completed. After weeks of rumors, the Lions officially announced the signing of Barcelona B goalkeeper Jokin Ezkieta on Monday. The 22-year-old was born and raised in Pamplona where he joined Osasuna at a young age before making the switch to Barcelona in 2015. Now he will wear the Zurigorri colors.
The club reached an agreement with Ezkieta over a month ago with the goalkeeper set to see his contract expire with Barcelona B. Ezkieta has signed a contract with Athletic running through 2023 that also contains a €45 million release clause. He will train with the first team this summer where he will compete with Hodei Oleaga for the third goalkeeping spot in the squad.
“The way we are in goal is a reflection of how we are in life”, Ezkieta said when describing himself. “I consider myself a calm person and I reflect that in goal. I like to command, to be attentive, to communicate with the defense, and then I think I’m fast and I like to take advantage of my height.” The 22-year-old then took to social media saying, “As of today, my journey as a Lion begins. I am very happy and excited for this opportunity.”