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Mikel Vesga Arruti (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmikel ˈβezɣa];[a] born 21 May 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a defensive midfielder.

Mikel Vesga
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Vesga with Leganés in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mikel Vesga Arruti
Date of birth (1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Vitoria, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 16
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Aurrerá 25 (2)
2013–2014 Alavés B 8 (0)
2014–2016 Bilbao Athletic 79 (4)
2016– Athletic Bilbao 18 (1)
2017Sporting Gijón (loan) 17 (1)
2018–2019Leganés (loan) 26 (1)
National team
2018– Basque Country 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2018


Club careerEdit

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Basque Country, Vesga made his debuts as a senior with CD Aurrerá de Vitoria in 2012, in Tercera División. In summer 2013 he moved to Deportivo Alavés, being assigned to the reserves also in the fourth division.

On 1 July 2014, after refusing a new deal,[1] Vesga joined another reserve team, Bilbao Athletic from Segunda División B.[2] After gaining the confidence of coach José Ángel Ziganda[3] he was an ever-present figure during the season, appearing in 38 matches and scoring three goals as they returned to Segunda División after 19 years.[4]

Vesga made his professional debut on 24 August 2015, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Girona FC.[5] He scored his first league goal on 7 February of the following year, netting the winner in a 3–2 away success over RCD Mallorca.[6]

On 17 August 2016, after spending the whole pre-season with the first team, Vesga was definitely promoted to the Ernesto Valverde-led side and was assigned the number 12 shirt.[7] He made his La Liga debut four days later, coming on as a second-half substitute for Mikel San José in a 1–2 defeat at Sporting de Gijón.[8]

On 12 September 2016, Vesga extended his contract until 2019, with a buyout clause set at €30 million.[9] The following 25 January, he was loaned to fellow top level club Sporting Gijón until the end of the campaign.[10] He scored his first goal in the competition on 15 April 2017, putting the hosts ahead 2–1 in an eventual 2–3 loss against Real Madrid at El Molinón.[11]

On 4 July 2018, Vesga was loaned to CD Leganés also from the Spanish top flight in a season-long move.[12]


  1. ^ In isolation, Vesga is pronounced [ˈbezɣa].


  1. ^ "El Athletic ficha a los canteranos que el Alavés vetó por no querer renovar" [Athetic sign two youth players that Alavés ousted for not wanting to renew]. El Correo (in Spanish). 1 July 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ "New addition to Bilbao Athletic". Athletic Bilbao. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Mikel Vesga, el timonel del Sporting" [Mikel Vesga, the helmsman of Sporting]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 23 March 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. ^ "El Bilbao Athletic, a Segunda 19 años después y el Cádiz tendrá que esperar" [Bilbao Athletic, into Segunda 19 years later and Cádiz will have to wait] (in Spanish). EFE. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "El que la sigue, la consigue" [He who wants it, gets it]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. ^ "2–3 El Bilbao Athletic frena en seco al Mallorca de Vázquez" [2–3 Bilbao Athletic stop Vázquez's Mallorca in their tracks]. Deia (in Spanish). 7 February 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Valverde ficha en el filial: se quedan Yeray y Vesga" [Valverde signs in the reserves: Yeray and Vesga stay]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 17 August 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Dos goles en tres minutos dan los primeros puntos al Sporting" [Two goals in three minutes give the first points to Sporting]. Marca (in Spanish). 21 August 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Premier team contracts for Yeray and Vesga". Athletic Bilbao. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Mikel Vesga se incorpora al Sporting en calidad de cedido" [Mikel Vesga joins Sporting on loan] (in Spanish). Sporting Gijón. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Sporting 2–3 Real Madrid | Jornada 32 – Isco levanta al Madrid en El Molinón" [Sporting 2–3 Real Madrid | Round 32 – Isco lifts Madrid at El Molinón] (in Spanish). RTVE. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ "El C.D. Leganés cierra la cesión de Mikel Vesga para la próxima temporada" [C.D. Leganés complete the loan of Mikel Vesga for the following season] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.

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