Asier Villalibre “I Have To Be The Best Villalibre, Not The Next Aduriz”
Since joining Lezama when he was 13 years old, Asier Villalibre has had a lot of pressure on his shoulders. As a very promising young forward he was tipped to one day become a star at San Mamés, but living up to expectations can be difficult for any player. Now that Aritz Aduriz has announced his retirement some hope to see Villalibre take the reigns, though he’s just focused on continuing to improve.
“I don’t think anyone has to become the new Aduriz,” Villalibre told Radio Popular de Bilbao. “Every player is who he is and I have to be the best Villalibre, not the next Aduriz. My obligation is to give the best of myself and help the team.”
Villalibre might not want to be compared with Aduriz, but he’s certainly proud and thankful to have been able to learn from the Athletic legend.
“The truth is that he’s given me a lot of advice. How to head the ball, how to use your body, a lot of details, but the most important is physical positioning and posture. He’s told me when I’m hunched over and stretching too much. Every piece of advice that he’s given me has made me better every day. I would like him to coach forwards and to be able to train us. He’s very competitive in everything.”
Athletic will return to action on 14 June when the Lions host Atlético Madrid at San Mamés. Of course, the match will be played behind closed doors but Athletic are determined to get a positive result and begin the fight for a top seven finish. Asier Villalibre will be expected to have minutes over the remaining eleven games this season and the 22-year-old needs to take full advantage of his opportunities.