Iñigo Pérez

Squad No. 21
Date of Birth January 18, 1988
Age 34
Height 178cm
Team
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Pamplona
Previous Clubs CD Numancia

Iñigo Pérez Soto (born 18 January 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CA Osasuna as a central midfielder.

A product of Athletic Bilbao’s youth ranks at Lezama, Pérez was born in Pamplona, Navarre, and moved to the reserves in early 2007 although he still spent some more time with CD Basconia, the farm team. On 28 October 2009, he made his debut for the main squad, starting in a 2–0 Copa del Rey defeat at Rayo Vallecano (4–2 aggregate loss). He first appeared in La Liga two days later, replacing veteran Pablo Orbaiz in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.

Definitely promoted to Athletic’s first team for the 2010–11 season, Pérez scored in his first official appearance, a 3–0 home victory over RCD Mallorca, playing the last ten minutes in the place of Iker Muniain. On 8 March 2011 he was loaned to SD Huesca of Segunda División – the winter transfer window had long since closed, but the Royal Spanish Football Federation allowed the move as the Aragonese had just lost David Bauzá to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Pérez appeared much more regularly for the Basques in the 2011–12 campaign under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, playing 40 games all competitions comprised mainly due to the departure of Orbaiz (loaned to Olympiacos FC) and the serious knee injury of Carlos Gurpegui. He spent the first half of 2013–14 on loan at Mallorca, returning on 31 January 2014 due to stress problems.

On 18 July 2014, Pérez joined second division club CD Numancia after terminating his contract with Athletic. On 2 July 2018, he agreed to a four-year deal with fellow league team CA Osasuna, who paid € 750,000 for his services.