Athletic Bilbao announced signing of midfield playmaker Beñat Etxebarria from Real Betis today. Beñat has signed a five-year deal with the club that released him back in 2009.
Athletic Club and Real Betis Balompié have reached a deal for the transfer of Beñat Etxebarria to our Organization, which will have to be ratified this afternoon with the disassociation of the footballer from the verdiblanca discipline. The player will remain in Athletic Club the next 5 seasons.
If that reads strangely, blame Google Translate.
The 26-year-old spent one season with the Betis B team before joining the first team in 2010. In three seasons he made 106 appearances for the Béticos with 14 goals.
Beñat moves for a reported fee of €8m and will officially unveiled by the club on Thursday. The midfielder's exit from Betis is not a surprise after he failed to come to an agreement with the club on a new contract and would have been eligible to leave on a free transfer next summer.