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‘He could have been good’, ‘Give the guy credit’ – Many Birmingham fans react as senior player departs

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After less than a year at St Andrew’s, Mikel San Jose has left Birmingham City by mutual consent.

San Jose, who spent three years of his career as a youngster at Liverpool, was seen as a bit of a coup for the Blues, having played regularly in La Liga for Athletic Bilbao between 2009 and 2019.

The 31-year-old was part of the Bilbao side in 2012 that were runners-up to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League and at his peak, San Jose was capped seven times for Spain between 2014 and 2016.

Having spent much of the 2019/20 campaign either injured or on the bench at Bilbao, San Jose departed after 11 years and ended up with fellow Spaniard Aitor Karanka at Birmingham, but it’s been a bit of a mixed campaign for him.

San Jose made 28 appearances in all competitions and was pretty much a regular under Karanka at both centre-back and in midfield, however poor performances and mistakes started to creep in towards the end of his reign and he was eventually dropped to the bench.

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Lee Bowyer only used him three times when he took charge – all appearances off the bench – and with San Jose stating a desire to depart the club his wish has been granted.

Birmingham fans have been reacting to San Jose leaving and there’s actually a lot of disappointment that he has decided he wants to move on.


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Article title: ‘He could have been good’, ‘Give the guy credit’ – Many Birmingham fans react as senior player departs

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