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LaLiga: Athletic Bilbao re-sign Ibai Gomez from high-flying Alaves to aid in relegation scrap

Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao have strengthened their squad in the fight against relegation by signing Alaves winger Ibai Gomez.

 LaLiga: Athletic Bilbao re-sign Ibai Gomez from high-flying Alaves to aid in relegation scrap

File image of Ibai Gomez. Reuters

Gomez left Bilbao to join Alaves in 2016 and helped the newly-promoted club finish ninth in La Liga.

This season, Gomez has been a key player again, with Alaves a surprise high-flier in fourth, above Real Madrid.

Bilbao have paid the 29-year-old's release clause, reportedly set at 3.5 million euros, and Gomez has agreed a contract until June 2022.

Bilbao are 17th in the table, two points above the relegation zone.

Gomez posted a video on Twitter on Thursday to bid farewell to Alaves. "The idea of saying goodbye made me cry," said Gomez, adding, "but I am touched to return home."

In a statement, Bilbao wrote: "Athletic Club and Deportivo Alaves have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Ibai Gomez. The player from Santutxu will sign a contract until 30 June, 2022."

Gomez will undergo a medical examination later on Thursday, before being officially presented as a Bilbao player on Friday.

He could make his debut at San Mames on Sunday, when Bilbao host third-placed Sevilla in La Liga.

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Updated Date: Jan 10, 2019 22:54:24 IST