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Construction will begin early next year, according to the club's president...

Athletic Bilbao's move from their historic San Mames ground is edging closer, with construction set to start on their new stadium early next year.

Their president, Fernando Garcia Macua, has revealed to Marca that everything is now in place for the move to go ahead, thanks to the financial involvement of the Basque government.

"Now that we have all the pieces on the table, we will be able to say when the first brick will be placed with certainty," Macua announced.

"It will definitely happen in the first half of next year. Although the issue of financing could be delayed, there are ways to ensure that the construction is set within the original dates.

"It's complex because it's being done in two phases. But if we begin in the first quarter of 2010, I think that 2015 is a reasonable date.

"The project could not have happened without the involvement of the Basque Government," he added as €55 million has been put forward to the €175m project by the Basque authorities.

Anthony Wright, Goal.com

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