San Jose makes Bilboa return permanent

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Spanish centre back Mikel San Jose has made his move to Atletic Bilboa permanent.

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The 20 year old had spent the season on loan at Estadio San Mamés, where he has impressed. He made 30 appearances, most of which occured after a spell before Christmas that saw him frustrated at a lack of opportunities at his former club.

Two goals in two weeks in December proved the turnaround in fortunes and since then he has been a mainstay in the Bilboa side.

He has signed a contract to 2015 and some reports suggest a €30m buyout clause has been written in – it is common for all players in Spain to have a buyout clause in their contract.

San Jose signed for Liverpool from Bilbao in August 2007 for just £270k. He was an unused sub in the away match with Chelsea in February 2008 but never made a first team appearance.

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