Martinez hoping for swift conclusion to Bayern saga

The Athletic Bilbao midfielder has been widely linked with a move to the Allianz Arena this summer, but the two clubs seem to have hit an impasse in negotiations
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has admitted that he wants his future resolved as soon as possible amid continued speculation over a move to Bayern Munich.

The Spain international has been linked with a switch to the Allianz Arena throughout the summer as the Bavarians look to bolster their options in the centre of the park.

Bayern have announced their intention to meet his €40 million buy-out clause, only to be left by frustrated by the Basque club's approach, but the player is still hoping that a conclusion will be reached soon.

"I'm waiting and hoping for a fast decision," he told Bild Am Sonntag.

"I cannot say much about the situation. I am relaxed, exercising, keeping fit and I am waiting for a decision to be made. There is not much more that I can do.

"I have noticed that German newspapers are full of stuff about me and my life. It is madness. It is a great feeling that people in Germany are interested in me."

Former Bayern midfielder Stefan Effenburg has expressed his reservations over the club paying such a hefty fee for the 23-year-old, but the player is not worried about the criticism.

"It is completely normal for former star players to make comments about the club itself. That is not a problem and is completely fine. I understand it."

Bayern Munich have already added the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Pizarro and Dante to their squad this summer as they look to end their two-year Bundesliga drought.