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Athletic Bilbao starlet Iker Muniain happy to focus on team performance rather than individual praise.

Athletic Bilbao attacker Iker Muniain has claimed he is uninterested in receiving individual praise for his performances, and the team winning matches remains his only concern.

The prodigious 17-year-old addressed a press conference yesterday after his excellent display helped los Leones see off Getafe at San Mames.

The Spanish u-19 international chose to focus on the performance of the team as a whole in the 3-0 triumph, stating: “The important thing is that the team played a good game, the rest remains in the background.

“I’ve been the same person all my life, and I think that I always will. I’ll keep working to play better and get more games. I want to make life difficult for the coach, because it would be better for me and for the team.”

Muniain also briefly commented on the penalty incident, where Rafa Lopez brought him down and Mikel San Jose converted, sparking criticism of the referee from Azulones’ coach Michel.

He added: “I think it was a penalty. It was quick play, the defender took my body and I fell.”

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