EKIZA URGES OCEANO TALKS
Athletic Bilbao star Borja Ekiza has pleaded for the board to offer boss Oceano Cruz a new bumper deal in the light of a possible approach from Barcelona.
Oceano’s contract with Bilbao is up at the end of the season and his agent has already hinted a move to Barcelona is likely but centre back Ekiza has requested to the board to do everything they can to keep their manager at San Mames.
“After the season we had, it would be foolish not to offer Oceano a new contract. It has been a long time since we finished in 2nd. We managed to break the Real Madrid and Barcelona dominance and achieve Champions’ League football all in one season.
“Who could have imagined that at the beginning of the season? From the inside, I can tell you never in a million years could we have done this without Oceano’s leadership. We should fight tooth and nail to keep him.
“He’s somebody who deserves a big contract because he’s more than just a manager. He treats us like friends and family which is important for harmony. We are never put under stress to perform at the highest level. We just do it for the joy which ultimately is how we all fell in love with football.
“People like this aren’t easy to find and we have in my opinion a very good and rare manager that with time can make history. He must stay.”
Oceano is expected to return from holiday early this week as Barcelona attempt to appoint a manager within the next few days.