6 Aug

Defender Andoni Iraola swaps Athletic Club for New York City

first_img “I have only played for one team for my entire career and I knew that after leaving Bilbao my first option would be New York,” Iraola said in a press relase.  The club celebrated the signing of the Basque and said that even though David Villa would continue as captain, Iraola is “another captain.”  CEST 16/06/2015 EFE Iraola, who is yet to pass his medical, then spoke about his desire to begin training with his new teammates in New York, “the best place to continue my career.”  “It’s going to be really good to play with David Villa,” he continued. “We crossed in the Spanish national team and we have played against each other on many occasions, but now to play together will be an extra motivation.”  Upd. at 22:35 “His level of professionalism and humility is exactly what we want at New York City,” said the club’s sporting director, Claudio Reyna.  New York City announced on Tuesday the signing of Athletic Club right-back Andoni Iraola.  The defender, 33, revealed in April his intention to leave Athletic when he his contract ends on June 30.  Iraola leaves Athletic after 12 years in the first team and as the fourth most capped player in the history of the club.  He joined the Bilbao side in 1999 and made his debut on August 30, 2003, in a match against Barcelona.last_img

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