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Returning Aduriz adds to Athletic options

Coach Marcelo Bielsa recently agreed to remain at the helm of Athletic Club for one more season and he continues to build, with forward Aritz Aduriz his latest recruit.

Aritz Aduriz has agreed to return to Athleticfrom Valencia
Aritz Aduriz has agreed to return to Athleticfrom Valencia ©Getty Images

UEFA Europa League challengers Athletic Club have re-signed striker Aritz Aduriz after the 31-year old agreed to return to Los Leones from Valencia CF for a reported €2.5m fee. 

A product of Athletic's youth system, Aduriz – who has agreed a three-year deal with last season's UEFA Europa League finalists – had spells at Burgos CF and Real Valladolid CF before bedding in at San Mamés where he struck 22 goals in 85 top-flight games. A 2008 switch to RCD Mallorca followed but it was with Valencia, where he managed 17 goals in 57 Liga games, that the forward earned his only cap for Spain in a 3-1 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying win at home to Lithuania in October 2010.

Athletic will present Aduriz and fellow recent new arrival Ismael López – the 22-year-old striker who has signed on a free transfer from CD Lugo – on Thursday. Marcelo Bielsa's side will enter next season's UEFA Europa League in the third qualifying round.