MADRID (Rahnuma): Ibai Gomez from Deportivo Alaves returned to Athletic club for a fee believed to be around 3 million euros (1 euro = 1.14 US dollars).
The 29 year-old has agreed a contract until the end of June 2022 in order to return to his hometown club after joining Alaves on a free transfer in the summer of 2016.
During the period 2010-2016, Ibai made 145 appearances for Athletic, scoring 17 goals and helping the club qualify for the Champions League in 2014 and for the finals of the 2012 Copa del Rey and Europa League.
His last two seasons at Athletic were blighted by injury but he has returned to full fitness in his two and a half seasons at Alaves where he made 81 appearances and scored 15 goals.
A player who is at home on either wing, Ibai is known for his powerful shot from outside of the area and his ability from set pieces will be vital if Athletic are to climb away from the Liga Santander relegation zone in the coming weeks.