Athletic Club Reportedly Finalizing Contract Agreement With Real Sociedad’s Ruben Pardo
Ruben Pardo’s time at Real Sociedad is coming to a close. After joining Zubieta at 12 years old and going on to make over 200 appearances for La Real, Pardo will be leaving the club in the coming months. The 26-year-old is in the final year of his contract and will not be signing a renewal. Real Sociedad have given the player’s representatives permission to begin talking to other clubs and Pardo could even make his exit in the January transfer window.
Osasuna, Espanyol, Granada, and Real Valladolid were all interested in signing Pardo over the summer but the midfielder made the decision to stay at Anoeta and fight for his place. Now it appears as though San Mamés will become the new home for the former Zubieta standout with Mikel Recalde of Noticias de Gipuzkoa reporting that Pardo is expected to sign a four-year contract with Athletic.
The report goes on to say that Athletic have already made contact with Pardo’s representatives and that a contract agreement is close to being finalized. In addition, the Lions haven’t ruled out trying to sign the 26-year-old in January, though doing so would require negotiating a lower transfer fee with Real Sociedad with Pardo’s release clause currently set at €40 million.
With Beñat and Mikel San José in the final year of their contracts and possibly leaving Athletic at the end of the season the club is looking to add depth to the midfield moving forward. Players such as Oihan Sancet and Unai Vencedor will also be promising options to add to the first team, as will Javi Martinez who will likely be the club’s top transfer target in the coming months.
Pardo’s level of performances have dropped over the past few years but a move to San Mamés could be just the thing to revitalize his career. The midfielder was once a top player for Real Sociedad and, at 26 years old, still has plenty of football ahead of him. At this point there is nothing official, but all signs point to Ruben Pardo joining Athletic in the coming months.