Santi dismisses Barca exit
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Santiago Ezquerro has dismissed any thoughts of rejoining Athletic Bilbao.Santiago Ezquerro has dismissed any thoughts of rejoining Athletic Bilbao on loan after reports suggested that the Basque Country club were ready to offer him first-team football.
The 28-year-old forward moved to Barcelona in the summer on a free transfer, but has yet to start a game for the Catalan giants and has only been used as a substitute on six occasions.
Athletic were hoping to tempt the player that spent seven seasons and San Mames to return on a temporary basis after new boss, Javier Clemente, took over and declared that the squad needed bolstering.
Ezquerro is not keen on the idea of leaving Camp Nou after only five months and has revealed that Frank Rijkaard and Txiki Begiristain have told him he is an important part of the club's plans.
"They have made it clear that they want me," he said. "I really want to keep working at Barcelona and I am just hoping to make my mark and be given more and more chances to show what I can do here.
"Joining Barca was the best decision and I do not regret making the move for one moment."
With Athletic rooted to the foot of the table, having won just once in their first 11 league games, Ezquerro is distressed to see the club in such dire straits.
"It does make me sad and angry, at the same time, to see the club suffering like this," he said. "But I have no thoughts of going back."
Ezquerro also had words of sympathy for Mark Van Bommel, who picked up an injury training with the Holland squad, having earned a recall the national squad for the friendly against Italy this weekend.
"He was desperate to get back into the national side," the former Atletico Madrid star explained. "He has to now continue as he has been, because he has shown that he is a great player."