La Liga

Athletic wants Javi Martinez explanation

August 29, 2012
By ESPN.com news services
Athletic Bilbao say they did not give midfielder Javi Martinez permission to travel to Germany on Tuesday amid speculation the Spain international has already taken a physical with Bayern Munich.

Martinez, 23, has been closely linked with a big-money move to the Bundesliga giants and looked a step closer to sealing a switch to the Allianz Arena after being spotted in Munich on Tuesday.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness told Bayrischer Rundfunk he was "very optimistic" that the transfer ...

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