By Chris Wright
“Shit, I’ve only gone and left me wallet in Bilbao”
Like dear old Tyrone Mears before him, it’s being touted that Bayern Munich’s new €40 million signing, Javi Martinez had to sneak back into former club Atheltic Bilbao’s training complex to clear out his locker after leaving several personal items behind in his mad dash to Bavaria.
Having left Bilbao under a bit of a cloud, Martinez fancied that showing his face at the club again quite so soon after jumping ship may not be the most sensible course of action and apparently instead chose to return for his gubbins at two o’ clock in the morning to avoid confrontation.
This is MARCA’s account of the daring raid:
Athletic Club de Bilbao’s training grounds, Ciudad Deportiva, in Lezama. Two o’clock on Sunday morning. A weekend off at the club’s training facilities as there is no activity until Monday. The gates are closed and there is no-one around apart from the security guard who is suddenly startled by the arrival of a car.
The guard watches with great surprise as someone gets out of the car and jumps over a small fence to get to the building’s main entrance. The guard is on his way to stop the person he assumes to be a thief, when he realises that it is Javi Martínez, the ex-Athletic player, now with Bayern.
The international midfielder asks the security officer to open the door to the dressing room because he wants to get his things (boots, clothes and other personal items) that he was unable to retrieve after the buy-out clause came into effect to end his association with Athletic.
Which all sounds like Grade A bullhooey to us, indeed Martinez himself tweeted: “It’s amazing that there are people who believe that this story is true…”, though that’s precisely what a guilty Gus would say in this situation.
Alas, we can but hope it’s all completely true.
(Via Dirty Tackle)