The defender says club president Jokin Apperibay got involved and tried to persuade the Blaugrana not to sign the centre-back.
“Aperribay did not keep his word and did nothing to keep me with La Real,” he told Marca.
“I previously renewed with La Real when Athletic Club wanted to sign me, that’s because I reached an agreement with the club when that was the best option for me.
“At that point, my head and my heart told me to stay with the club and if opportunities came up in the future, I could move.
“The president told me he would be willing to negotiate with any team, but then he did not keep his word and he tried to persuade the president of Barcelona from signing me.
“That was a key moment and age for me to take an opportunity which only comes around once-in-a-lifetime, so I cannot trust him.”
Source | Football Espana
Reports last summer claimed Barcelona had agreed a five-year deal for Martinez but it never happened and he eventually joined Athletic Bilbao in January.
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