Athletic tie up Tiko

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Athletic Bilbao midfielder Tiko has inked a new long-term contract at the Basque outfit.

The 29-year-old, renowned for his long-range shooting, has put pen-to-paper on a deal that ties him to San Mames until 2010.

He joined Athletic from Osasuna in the summer of 1999 and has subsequently gone on to make 188 appearances for the club.

He becomes the fourth Bilbao player to commit to the club in recent months following the examples of Ismael Urzaiz, Pablo Orbaiz and Andoni Iraola.

Tiko has established himself as a regular in the heart of Athletic's engine-room and now looks almost certain to end his career at the club.