Javi Martinez Visits Lezama During Athletic’s Friendly With Eibar
Athletic’s ongoing pursuit of Javi Martinez has been one of the hottest topics of conversation in Bilbao over the past few months. It’s not secret that the Lions are hoping to bring back the midfielder in the summer, or possibly even during the January transfer window, and Martinez hasn’t been shy about his desire to return either. All signs point to a move eventually taking place at some point and more fuel was added to the fire on Friday.
As Athletic faced Eibar in a friendly at Lezama, the club posted on social media that Martinez was in attendance for the game. It wasn’t a surprise for the 30-year-old to be there as he regularly visits Bilbao and the surrounding area when he has time off, but it was odd when considering the fact that the friendly was held in private without fans even being allowed access.
After the game Martinez took the opportunity to greet many of his former teammates and the entire situation feels as though it’s only a matter of time before the midfielder is back in the Zurigorri shirt. The recent managerial change at Bayern Munich could complicate things, but for now it’s a well-known fact that Javi Martinez wants to return to Athletic and the club is just as serious about the possibly reunion.