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Between a lie and a hard truth: Club Athletic of Bilbao

This past transfer season FC Bayern went after Spanish player Javi Martínez; a defensive midfielder with multiple qualities who played for Club Athletic of Bilbao. Despite multiple reportedly generous offers, Bilbao or – as they preferred to be called – Club Athletic, didn’t budge. President Urrutia’s announcement that Athletic was not selling any of their players was a call to arms; leaving the Germans to afford no other option than his full release clause – a cool 40 million. The Spanish club’s firm stance surprised not only the Bayern brass but also the rest of the teams making inquires about the midfielder.

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