Beñat Pens Farewell Letter
Beñat’s time at Athletic has come to an end. After 243 appearances with his boyhood club, the 33-year-old will be moving on. Despite his contract being scheduled to expire back on 30 June, Beñat agreed to finish the season with Athletic without pay and earlier today penned a farewell message to the club, his teammates, and the fans.
ATHLETIC, ZU ZARA NAGUSIA
The time has arrived; that moment when circumstances have made me say goodbye to Athletic. A farewell with mixed feelings: joy for having had the honor of belonging to a unique club, whose greatest value are their people and a club that I will always carry in my heart; I also feel nostalgia and sadness, for having to say agur and, above all, for having to remember everything I have experienced and say ESKERRIK ASKO.
ESKERRIK ASKO to all the coaches and coaching staffs with whom I have worked closely for everything you have taught me; I have learned from all of you.
ESKERRIK ASKO to the medical staff for all the times they have shown me their availability, professionalism, and responsibility with their commendable work.
ESKERRIK ASKO to all the people who work at Lezama, far from the spotlight, and who make the day to day at Athletic so magical and unrepeatable. You are essential for everything to work perfectly and for this club to be so special.
ESKERRIK ASKO to the people who trusted me when I was just eleven years old and who allowed me to come back to Athletic in 2013.
ESKERRIK ASKO to the supporters, who always make Athletic play with one more player at San Mamés or wherever we went.
ESKERRIK ASKO to all the teammates with whom I have shared the dressing room. I will miss you very much in the day to day, but I know that friends from here are for a lifetime. I am sure you are my best gift.
ESKERRIK ASKO to the family and friends who have supported me in good times but also in the bad ones.
ESKERRIK ASKO to Beñat Etxebarria Lagun Taldea and Peña Athletic Baiona Beñat for all the support I have received.
Since I joined Athletic I have tried to give my best when I have worn this shirt, sometimes more successfully than others. I have always wanted to put the interests of the team first and give my best shot. I apologize if at any time it did not looked like that, as it was not my intention.
ESKERRIK ASKO DANORI.
Beñat has been one of the best and most influential players for Athletic over the past decade. Alongside midfield partner Mikel San José, Beñat played a key role in helping the Lions qualify for Europe in four straight seasons and win the Spanish Super Cup. As a leader both on and off the field, Beñat showed what it means to wear the Athletic shirt and was an incredible representative of the club.