Skip to main content
First Team

Gonzalo Escalante will be an Eibar player until 2020

SD Eibar and Calcio Catania have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Argentinian footballer

Gonzalo Escalante will be an SD Eibar player until June 2020, following an agreement between the Ameros and Calcio Catania for the transfer of the Argentinian footballer.

Once the agreement between the two clubs had been finalised, Escalante signed the contract that binds him to Eibar for the remainder of the season and four more.

Gonzalo Escalante (Bella Vista-Buenos Aires, 1993) came to Eibar at the start of the season on loan from the Italian club Calcio Catania, where he played for one season after being signed from his original club, Boca Juniors.

The Argentinian midfielder is a regular component in the plans of José Luis Mendilibar, who has had him in the starting line-up whenever he has been available (he has played 1472 minutes in 17 games and has lost two games through suspension in the recently concluded first half of the season).

Speaking on the SD Eibar website, Escalante has stressed that he is “very happy in a personal sense” because signing for the Gipuzkoa club was “something I was looking to do and have now been lucky enough to finalise.”

“I’m very comfortable in Eibar. I always said that playing in Spain is a goal and an objective for all Argentinian players. My main goal was to stay here and fortunately today I can celebrate achieving that aim,” he said.

As he pointed out, a 22-year playing in a club that has been in the First Division for only a short time “is a good combination” for growing together. “We have a young squad which helps. I’m very comfortable here and what I most wanted was to stay here. It’s the best thing that could happen to me.”

“You arrive with a lot of dreams which sometimes come true and sometimes don’t. The goal was to play the maximum possible number of matches. Luckily I’ve achieved it, but you must never be complacent and have to keep working every day,” he added.

Escalante said that the most surprising thing about Eibar is “the people, the way that they support us every game, always with words of encouragement in the street. I’ve never heard anything bad. It makes a big difference to the way you feel when you’re out on the pitch playing.”

Regarding the his team’s good first half of the season, he believes that “the key to success is that the group must be united.” “The most important thing for me here is the group. Everyone helps however they can. People appreciate that and you can see this both on and off the pitch.”