Victor San Bartolomé, Oier Luengo, Andoni Tascón, And Iñigo Baqué Sign Contract Renewals With Bilbao Athletic
The return of football has been exciting, but things aren’t the same as before the pandemic. Coaches have been allowed to make additional substitutions, games are scheduled closer together, and contracts have come into question. In football a player’s contract normally expires on 30 June which coincides with the end of the season, but right now that’s not the case.
Because of the stoppage La Liga won’t conclude until July and the playoffs for both the Segunda B and Tercera won’t even start until 18 July. Clubs have the choice to offer renewals through the remainder of the current season, but finishing the campaign is ultimately up to the individual players.
As Bilbao Athletic continue preparing for next month’s opening round playoff game against Badajoz there are a number of players who will be out of contract tomorrow. Victor San Bartolomé, Oier Luengo, Andoni Tascón, Iñigo Baqué, and Asier Córdoba are all in the final hours of their contracts and decisions have been made.
On Monday Athletic officially announced that San Bartolomé, Luengo, Tascón, and Baqué have all signed renewals. Although the club didn’t specify duration, it’s assumed that the new contracts will run through the end of next season. Luengo has spent most of the year in the starting lineup, as did Baqué who was moved to striker due to injuries in the team. Unfortunately, Baqué suffered a torn ACL back in January and is still recovering.
Tascón was competing to be the starting striker but has dealt with injuries all season. Now that he’s fully recovered he will add depth to the squad going into the playoffs. Similarly, San Bartolomé has been in and out of the lineup making 19 appearances and playing multiple positions for Joseba Etxeberria.
As previously reported, Córdoba has chosen to reject the club’s renewal offer and will leave Athletic tomorrow. The young winger has struggled for minutes in his two years with Bilbao Athletic and competition will only increase next season. Córdoba will depart in search of more consistent playing time and to continue his development.