The young midfielder was the subject of a final day bid from Manchester United yesterday, but the veteran defender has claimed that Los Leones are pleased he is still at San Mames.
“The market is closed and he is a player of the squad,” Gurpegi told a Press conference. “We have him with us and we must take advantage of that.
“He’s the one who will have to explain the situation to you. I’m staying quiet and thinking about Athletic.
“Until yesterday at midnight there was the possibility that Ander had left, but it is clear that Athletic had not negotiated.
“I’ve seen him today and he’s okay. He’s very comfortable at Athletic – that’s my feeling anyway.”
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