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No goodbye between Martinez, Bielsa

2 September 2012 02:37

Athletic Bilbao head coach Marcelo Bielsa says the loss of Spain international midfielder Javi Martinez was a huge blow for the club.

Martinez signed a record-breaking 40 million-euro deal last week to join Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

Bielsa has claimed he was not consulted over the deal by the Athletic hierarchy, but wishes his former player the best of luck for the future.

"We didn't manage to say goodbye to Javi Martinez because we were not around when he left," he said.

"That is the main reason. But I do know he didn't have the chance to say goodbye either because it was such a fast decision.

"I wish him the best of luck and hopefully he will accomplish his ambitions at Bayern Munich.

"His loss is an important one, both in footballing terms and for personal reasons. He was such an esteemed player here.

"Athletic Bilbao didn't ask me for my opinion on any signings - we did not talk about them."

After reaching the final of the Europa League and the Copa del Rey last season, Athletic have made a poor start to the 2012/13 campaign, and remain without a win in two Liga matches.

Next up for Bielsa's team is a home match against Real Valladolid on Sunday.

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