Peru Nolaskoain is one of the most interesting stories at Athletic Club in quite some time. The midfielder grew up at Antiguoko, a youth system in San Sebastian that historically developed players for Real Sociedad, but decided to join Lezama when Athletic made him an offer in 2015. However, fans were quick to find tweets by Nolaskoain from 2014 when he said some truly disgusting things about Aritz Aduriz after the striker scored a brace in a 2-1 victory over Levante. It immediately looked like he would not have an easy transition to life in Bilbao.
After the tweets came to the surface Nolaskoain was quick to go public with an apology, saying that the fans will never understand just how sorry he was for the things that he had said about Aduriz and Athletic Club. He knew that words alone would not mend the fences, so he pledged to make things right with his play. Since then, everything has become water under the bridge and he has endeared himself to the Athletic fans after skipping CD Basconia last year and going straight to Bilbao Athletic where he played in 22 matches and scored one goal.
When it was announced that Nolaskoain would travel with the first team for the match against Club Brugge, Aritz Aduriz sought him out to talk about the past and put everything to rest. The two had a one-on-one conversation where Aduriz made it clear that he has forgiven the 18-year-old and welcomed him as part of the Athletic family. For everyone, including Aduriz, Nolaskoain’s mistakes as a teenager are a thing of the past and non-existent now.
Following the game against Club Brugge, Nolaskoain uploaded a picture to social media of him with Aritz Aduriz in the dressing room. The striker had his arm around his shoulder. Nolaskoain is just the latest Antoguoko player to make the switch to Athletic, following in the footsteps of Andoni Iraola and Aritz Aduriz himself. He will continue as a Bilbao Athletic player this season and is expected to play a major role in Gaizka Garitano’s side. The 18-year-old has shown a lot of potential and is expected to begin challenging for a place in the first team soon. The starlet has proven that he can learn from his mistakes and his future is certainly bright at Athletic Club.