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Gabilondo will now play for Bilbao until 2012...

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Igor Gabilondo has extended his contract at the club by one year and will stay at San Mames until the summer of 2012, the Basque outfit confirmed on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old's contract was due to expire in July 2011 but the midfielder's excellent form for Bilbao this season convinced the club to hand him a one-year contract extension.

Gabilondo has featured in 11 of the 12 Spanish Primera Division games for Bilbao and has been involved in both of Copa del Rey fixtures.

He began his career at another Basque side Real Sociedad and moved to San Mames in 2006.

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