Mikel Labaka Zurriarain is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano in La Liga. His profile is that of a central defender. Labaka reached Real Sociedad's youth system at the age of 17. After playing three years with the reserves, he made his professional debuts with Real Union and Ciudad de Murcia, spending one season with each club on loan. On 24 October 2004 Labaka made his first-team – and La Liga – debut with Real Sociedad, in a 2–1 home win against RCD Mallorca and finished his first season an impressive statistic of 30 games and three goals as the Basque finished in 14th position. In August 2011, 31-year old Labaka was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Philippe Montanier, and left Real to sign for Rayo Vallecano.