Since his Athletic Club exit in 2012, every summer people talk about Javi Martinez possibly returning to the Basque Country and to the club where he truly made a name for himself.
This year it looked like Martinez was on his way out of Bayern Munich and that Athletic’s wishes were going to be fulfilled by re-signing the midfielder, but the transfer has become complicated.
As NobleSports has learned, Bayern have told the player that he won’t be allowed to leave for nothing.
They’d even love him to stay longer in the Bundesliga.
The Spaniard’s price tag is out of the Basque club’s range which is why they hoped to sign him as a free agent if he were to leave Germany this summer, with the player taking a wage cut.
Martinez has a year left on his contract and it looks likely that he will see it out, which would mean Athletic would have to wait until the summer of 2021 to sign the player.
Although he always has the option of returning to Lezama, the midfielder has also hinted on various occasions that he would like to play in places such as the United States, Japan or Australia.