It leaves him in a similar situation to team-mate Fernando Llorente who has signed a pre-contract arrangement with Juventus and the defender can also do the same.
So what better time than to bring you a fact-file about the player who might very well be gracing Premier League turf next season.
1. Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras was born on the 29th March 1985 in Cantaura, Venezuela.
2. At the age of two he returned with his Basque born parents to the region and joined the Bilbao Cantera in 1996 aged 11.
3. A skilful left-footed centre back he first made strides with Baskonia, Athletic Bilbao’s feeder club, in 2003 before appearing for the reserve side, Bilbao Athletic, in the 2004-05 season.
4. The next season he made his first team breakthrough although spent much of his time playing at left-back.
5. He scored his first goal for the club in January 2008 against Racing Santander.
6. In 2010 he was the subject of a failed big money bid from Russian side Rubin Kazan for his services.
7. He featured for the Spanish under-19 team that won the 2004 European Championships in Switzerland featuring in the same team as Sergio Ramos, David Silva and Roberto Soldado. Despite one call-up for the Spanish national team in August 2008 he never made an official appearance for the Spanish national side.
8. In 2011 he made his first appearance for the country of his birth as Venezuela lost to Argentina 1-0. Later that year he scored his first international goal against the same opposition to complete a rare triumph over Albiceleste.
9. He is one of only three players to have played for Athletic Bilbao but represented an international side other than Spain, the other two being Bixente Lizarazu and Aymeric Laporte (both France), since their ‘Basque-only’ policy came in to play in 1912.
10. He has also played on four occasions for the Basque country national team; making his debut against…Venezuela.
Which club would best suit this Basque talent?
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