The departure of Unai Nuñez from Athletic seems imminent. This is what follows from his absence from the call for 31 footballers offered this afternoon by Ernest Valverde for the pre-season “stage” that the rojiblanco team will carry out from today until next Saturday in Germany. The expedition, led by Jon Uriarte, must arrive in Düsseldorf after 19:00. The central portugalujo did not board the plane, claimed by Celta, a club with which everything indicates that he will sign soon. It remains to be seen, yes, if he leaves on loan and in this case with or without the option to buy, or if, on the contrary, the Galician team and Athletic reach an agreement through a transfer. In the last days it was speculated with a sale of around five or six million euros this would include an amount for the Bilbao club to buy him back in the future.
It is understood that the operation had the approval of Valverde, who will remain with at least three power plants: Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez and Dani Vivian to face the season while you think about what to do with Aitor Paredes and Peru Nolaskoain. The first, pure central defender, could return to Bilbao Athletic and alternate his presence in the first team. In the case of the second, his versatility works in his favor, since he can act both in the axis of the defense and in the center of the field. It remains to be seen in which of the two demarcations Txingurri sees him with more options.
Other, there are no other news in the list of 31 footballers beyond those of Ander Capa, which renewed last Tuesday his contract with Athletic, and Gorka Guruzeta, the only signing so far this summer. The rest, the regulars, to which must be added the presence of beginners in a summer ‘stage’ of extremes Luis Bilbao and Malcolm Adu Ares as well as the guards Ander Iru and Alex Padilla. The presence of four guards is striking, even if the logic means the injury suffered by Unai Simón in the right shoulder.
Recall that at this moment there are five outings that have taken place at Athletic in recent weeks. A sellers Beñat Prados (Mirandés) and Imanol García de Albéniz (Eibar) we must add those of Iñigo Vicente (Racing), Jokin Ezkieta (Racing) and Iñigo Córdoba (without team). The last three ended their contracts with the rojiblanca entity by not entering into Valverde’s plans, to the point that the goalkeeper and the left-handed winger could not even train with their former teammates.
Guardians: Unai Simon, Julen Agirrezabala, Ander Iru, Alex Padilla.
Defenses: Ander Capa, Óscar de Marcos, Iñigo Lekue, Alex Petxarroman, Yeray Álvarez, Dani Vivian, Iñigo Martínez, Aitor Paredes, Mikel Balenziaga, Yuri Berchiche.
Midfielders: Dani García, Mikel Vesga, Unai Vencedor, Oier Zarraga, Peru Nolaskoain, Oihan Sancet.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Raúl García, Alex Berenguer, Nico Williams, Nico Serrano, Jon Morcillo, Iñaki Williams, Asier Villalibre, Gorka Guruzeta, Luis Bilbao, Malcom Adu Ares.