Iñigo Pérez

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Iñigo Pérez
Personal information
Full name Iñigo Pérez Soto
Date of birth (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 3
Youth career
2001–2002 Chantrea
2002–2006 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Baskonia 38 (8)
2007–2010 Bilbao Athletic 81 (9)
2009– Athletic Bilbao 33 (1)
2011 Huesca (loan) 13 (0)
2013–2014 Mallorca (loan) 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Soto.

Iñigo Pérez Soto (born 18 January 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a central midfielder.

Football career[edit]

A product of Athletic Bilbao's youth ranks at Lezama, Pérez was born in Pamplona, Navarre, and moved to the reserves in early 2007 although he still appeared for some more time with CD Baskonia the farm team. On 28 October 2009 he made his debut for the main squad, starting in a 0–2 Copa del Rey defeat at Rayo Vallecano (2–4 aggregate loss); two days later he first appeared in La Liga, replacing veteran Pablo Orbaiz in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.

Definitely promoted to Athletic's first team for the 2010–11 season, Pérez scored in his first official appearance, a 3–0 home win over RCD Mallorca, playing the last ten minutes in the place of wonderkid Iker Muniain.[1] On 8 March 2011 he was loaned to SD Huesca in Segunda División – the winter transfer window had long since closed, but the Royal Spanish Football Federation allowed the move as the Aragonese had just lost David Bauzá to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[2]

Pérez appeared much more regularly for the Basque in the 2011–12 campaign, under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, featuring in 40 games all competitions comprised mainly due to the departure of Orbaiz (loaned to Olympiacos FC) and the serious knee injury of Carlos Gurpegui. He spent the first half of 2013–14 on loan at Mallorca, returning on 31 January 2014 due to stress problems.[3]

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