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

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

Agence France-Presse January 10, 2019 22:54:24 IST
LaLiga: Athletic Bilbao re-sign Ibai Gomez from high-flying Alaves to aid in relegation scrap
  • Gomez left Bilbao to join Alaves in 2016 and helped the newly-promoted club finish ninth in La Liga

  • 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

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

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

LaLiga Athletic Bilbao resign Ibai Gomez from highflying 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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