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Viguera: When Athletic contacted me, I didn’t have to think twice

by Tre Atkinson | Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014

New Athletic Club Bilbao striker Borja Viguera was officially presented today and wasted no time showing his happiness at having signed for the Basque giants.

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After activating Borja Viguera’s €1 million buy-out clause with Alaves, Athletic Club Bilbao officially signed the 27-year-old and presented him to the fans today. Viguera quickly reminded fans how he got to this moment that he called a big step in his career.

“Since my debut I’ve gone through a lot. I was loaned to Gimnastic and suffered a major injury. I’ve been improving ever since and in a lot of different ways, especially heading the ball. I worked hard to turn the situation around and I’m more mature because of it. All these years I’ve learned how important it is for a forward to score. I’m more aggressive in front of goal and I’ve got an eye for it.”

Viguera went on to reveal that several teams were interested in him, but that he only had eyes for Athletic.

“There were several teams interested in me. I had people tell me about Athletic and the wonderful environment. They told me this was a family and that I couldn’t let this chance pass me by. It’s true that others wanted me, but when Athletic contacted me, I didn’t have to think twice. This club, their history, just who they are, there was no doubt.”

The 27-year-old then took the time to discuss his role in the squad next season, highlighting that he will have to earn a place in Valverde’s plans by proving himself in training.

“My goal now is to find my fit in this team. It’s going to be hard, there is a lot of competition here. From the first day of training I will do my best to make it hard for the coach to not select me. I will work to earn my place, and only time will tell how much I can contribute.”

To conclude his statements, Viguera gain stated how happy he is to have signed for Atheltic.

“I’m very happy and glad to be a part of this club. This move came after a great season and now I will bring everything I have to this great club. I’m still improving, but to come to a club like this is a big step in my career.”

Viguera was born in Logrono, just south of the Basque Country, but growing up at Real Sociedad’s academy makes him eligible to play for Athletic, and the striker has always been outspoken about the fact that he identifies with the Basque Country having spent most of his career there.

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