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Bilbao signs winger Susaeta to 4-year extension

Associated Press Published: September 10, 2012

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao has signed winger Markel Susaeta to a four-year contract extension that ties him to the Basque club through 2017.

The 24-year-old Susaeta came up through the club's famed Lenzema youth ranks to become a key player in Marcelo Bielsa's squad, scoring 12 goals in a club-high 63 appearances last season.

Bilbao says Susaeta's buy-out clause remains at €35 million ($45 million).

The Spanish league team recently earned €40 million ($50 million) when Bayern Munich bought out Javi Martinez's contract, while fellow Spain international Fernando Llorente remained with the club after it refused to sell the striker for less than his €36 million ($46 million) buy-out clause.

Bilbao has had an irregular start to the season as a result, with a single win from three league matches.