Its evolution and explosion have been silent. Martin Zubimendi (Donostia, 1999) has been making a place in the 'eleven' type of the Real without making noise and without the roar from the stands, since it belongs to the '19 generation', those players who grew up in the First Division from confinement because of the covid and therefore without fans or soul in the stadiums. The youth squad from Ulia celebrates today, April 28, 2021, the second anniversary of his dreamed debut in the First Division, which was against Getafe in Anoeta (2-1) on a day like today two years ago, already the hand of Imanol Sheriff and with the northern end of Anoeta still under construction. It is the only meeting of the 47 that Martin He has played with the first team with supporters filling the stands. In Rijeka he also ran into part of the local fans.

That of Zubimendi it has been a meteoric outbreak. He had to wait almost another year to re-wear the shirt of the first team, of which he was the most regular and reliable element in the month and a half of lead after the confinement of last year, a period marked by the proliferation of injuries and the thickness in the game. Those last nine league games were like a master's degree for '36', a military man from which he returned made a man. So much so that last summer it initialed a deserved renewal until 2025, with a termination clause of 60 million euros.

The advantageous student

The Donostiarra is the prototype of an advantageous student, the footballer that all coaches would like to have: a sponge to assume concepts, a physical training, always ready for the mission entrusted to him in the position where it is most necessary – pivot, interior, even central. He himself vindicates the teachings of the best teacher he could have for a footballer of his demarcation, Xabi Alonso, although its most influential technician has been Imanol, under whose orders he has played his 47 matches in the first team and 14 of the 50 in the subsidiary. In the Sanse he was also instructed by Alonso on 25 occasions and by Aitor Zulaika at 11.

Zubimendi It is the latest exponent of a quarry specialized in manufacturing high standing midfielders. Its irruption caused the delay in the position of Zubeldia, that he will not miss Illarramendi So what Merino Y Silva offer the best of their football knowing that they are protected. Waiting for the Turrientes, Gonzalez
Zarate and company knock down the door, his physical strength, the innate ability to be a winner in disputes and the tendency to play forward and with precision in passing make him a total midfielder with projection

In fact, Zubimendi He has already played 2,202 minutes this season, 37 games, in the first team, including the final of the Cup. He has ousted Silva, eternally absent due to injury, of the 'eleven' type, which is formed by Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Zubimendi, Guevara, Merino; Portu, Isak Y Oyarzabal.


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