Gorka Guruzeta Signs With Sabadell After Terminating Contract With Athletic

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Gorka Guruzeta leaves Athletic with an option to return (AC)

Gorka Guruzeta will no longer wear the Athletic shirt, at least for now. With no clear path to the first team and just one year left on his deal, Athletic have announced that the club and player have reached an agreement to terminate Guruzeta’s contract. As a result, Guruzeta has signed with newly promoted Sabadell.

The agreement to let Guruzeta leave for free also comes with a buy-back clause for Athletic. For the next two years the Basque giants will have the option to bring Guruzeta back to the club, although the fee was not revealed.

For years Guruzeta showed the potential to become a first team player and even featured in 9 games two years ago, scoring a goal in the Cup against Sevilla, before suffering a torn ACL. The 23-year-old was finally cleared to play back in November but has so far been unable to rediscover the form that saw him promoted.

Following the announcement, Guruzeta took to social media to pen an emotional farewell to Athletic, his teammates, and the fans.

“Today I have to say goodbye to a club that is family, to which you arrive and they make you one more, making you feel at home from day one. A team that has allowed me to fulfill my dream since I was little and to which I can only dedicate words of thanks. Athletic is special, from the first moment I have felt it that way. A historic club that is different from the rest from which I am leaving today and, that is why, I want to do so by thanking all those who have accompanied me on this beautiful path: fans, teammates and all the club’s workers. I wish you all the best, I will always carry you deep inside. I hope we meet again, good luck. Beti zurekin! With all my love, one more Lion.”

Guruzeta joined Athletic form Antiguoko in 2014 and was always one of the standout players in his age group. Injuries have hampered his progression but if he’s able to get back to play his best football with Sabadell then Gorka Guruzeta could have the chance to return to Athletic Club.

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