Contract reward for Karanka

Athletic Club Bilbao's Aitor Karanka has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2006.

Milestone appearance
Karanka, 31, rejoined Athletic in July 2002 after five seasons with Real Madrid CF. Inserted in the three-year deal he signed was a clause awarding him an additional 12 months upon the completion of 60 games - a figure the centre-back achieved in the match against Albacete Balompié last May.