Martinez trip raises Bilbao questions

  • Last Updated: August 29 2012, 14:10 BST

Athletic Bilbao say they did not give midfielder Javi Martinez permission to travel to Germany on Tuesday amid speculation the Spain international has already taken a medical with Bayern Munich.

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Martinez, 23, has been closely linked with a big-money move to the Bundesliga giants and looked a step closer to sealing a switch to the Allianz Arena after being spotted in Munich on Tuesday.

However, Athletic said in a statement on Wednesday: "Athletic wishes to make clear that at no time did they authorise the trip of their player Javier Martinez to Munich on August 28."

Athletic said they have also asked the World Cup winner for an explanation.