Elustondo playing for Real Sociedad in 2014
|Full name||Gorka Elustondo Urkola|
|Date of birth||18 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Beasain, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Defensive midfielder|
|2005–2007||Real Sociedad B||64||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.
Elustondo was born in Beasain, Gipuzkoa. A product of Real Sociedad's prolific youth ranks, he made his La Liga debut on 20 December 2006 in a 0–0 away draw against Celta de Vigo. He amassed a further five first-team appearances in his first professional season, as the Basque club met top division relegation for the first time in 40 years.
In late October 2008, with Real in the second division, in a home derby against Deportivo Alavés, Elustondo suffered a serious knee injury (which later relapsed), being rendered unavailable for the remainder of the campaign. He contributed with 30 games – 26 starts – and one goal in 2009–10, helping the Txuriurdin return to the Spanish top flight after three years, as champions.
On 1 July 2015, Elustondo signed a two-year deal with neighbouring Athletic Bilbao after his contract with Real Sociedad expired. He made his competitive debut on 30 July, playing the second half of a 0–0 away draw against Inter Baku PIK for the season's UEFA Europa League. His first league appearance occurred on 23 August, where he committed a penalty on Luis Suárez – later missed by Lionel Messi – in an eventual 0–1 home loss to FC Barcelona; four days later, in the Europa League playoff round against MŠK Žilina, he scored through a long-range effort in the 23rd minute for the game's only goal and an away goals rule qualification.
- Real Sociedad
- Athletic Bilbao
- Spain U19
- Balaídos sigue estando maldito para el Celta (Balaídos still cursed for Celta); El Mundo, 20 December 2006 (in Spanish)
- Una vuelta sin Elustondo (Half a season without Elustondo); Mundo Deportivo, 26 February 2009 (in Spanish)
- La Real Sociedad se da un festín en Anoeta y golea a un débil Cádiz (Real Sociedad has a ball at Anoeta and routs weak Cádiz); El Mundo, 10 January 2010 (in Spanish)
- Fichaje de Gorka Elustondo (Signing of Gorka Elustondo); Athletic Bilbao, 1 July 2015 (in Spanish)
- "Eraso arranca con el pie derecho en Bilbao" [Eraso starts with the right foot in Bilbao] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Ath Bilbao 0–1 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Athletic Clubek 1 MSK Zilinak 0" [Athletic Club 1 MSK Zilina 0] (in Basque). Athletic Bilbao. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.