Vesga with Leganés in 2018
|Full name||Mikel Vesga Arruti|
|Date of birth||21 May 1993|
|Place of birth||Vitoria, Spain|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2017||→ Sporting Gijón (loan)||17||(1)|
|2018–2019||→ Leganés (loan)||26||(1)|
* 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
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, Vesga joined another reserve team, Bilbao Athletic from Segunda División B. After gaining the confidence of coach José Ángel Ziganda 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.
Vesga made his professional debut on 24 August 2015, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Girona FC. 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.
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. 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.
On 12 September 2016, Vesga extended his contract until 2019, with a buyout clause set at €30 million. The following 25 January, he was loaned to fellow top level club Sporting Gijón until the end of the campaign. 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.
- "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.
- "New addition to Bilbao Athletic". Athletic Bilbao. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- "Mikel Vesga, el timonel del Sporting" [Mikel Vesga, the helmsman of Sporting]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 23 March 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
- "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.
- "El que la sigue, la consigue" [He who wants it, gets it]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Premier team contracts for Yeray and Vesga". Athletic Bilbao. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.