Athletic Bilbao president Uriarte defends treatment of Martinez amid Barcelona attempts
Athletic Bilbao president Jon Uriarte and GM Jon Berasategi has defended the club over Inigo Martinez's move to Barcelona.
The defender is joining Barca as a free agent after being blocked from making the move for the past two transfer windows.
At a media conference today, Uriarte said: I knew Iigo's representative. We met on July 11, a cordial meeting, a meal, and I reiterated my interest in Iigo renewing, also later by messages, and he told me that he had an offer from an important club and he wanted to leave. For us it was important not only that Iigo not leave, but that he stay with us."