Lamikiz confident over duo

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Athletic Bilbao president Fernando Lamikiz is confident that key duo Santiago Ezquerro and Ismael Urzaiz will remain at the club next term.

The striking duo will both be out of contract in the summer and have been tipped to take advantage of their Bosman status, with Barcelona rumoured to be keen on Ezquerro.

Lamikiz admits Ezquerro has a number of offers to consider, but feels he will remain in Bilbao.

"Ezquerro has several propositions from great clubs and it is not about money, but the first option is Bilbao," Lamikiz told Basque Television.

Urzaiz was left smarting earlier in the season as he felt the club's opening gambit was 'derisory', but Lamikiz expects a solution to be found in the near future.

"I am optimistic and I believe that Ismael's response will be positive," added the Basque club's chief.