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Ibaigane's turn

Ibaigane's turn

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 23, 2024 | 1:30 p.m.

Athletic begins planning for next season

With the end of the League, Athletic Club de Bilbao has already begun to outline its strategy for next season. After ensuring his return to the European competition and win the Cup, the team now faces a transition period with new additions and significant departures. The objective is to maintain competitiveness and continue bringing joy to the fans.

The 2023-2024 season has been fruitful for Athletic. Not only have they secured a place in Europe after several seasons of absence, but they have also managed to lift the Copa del Rey. This double success has translated into a sense of achievement and satisfaction both on and off the field. However, Every end of a cycle brings with it a new beginning., and Athletic has already begun to plan what is coming.

The team has officially announced the absences of three important players: Iker Muniain, Raúl García and Jon Morcillo. These departures open the door to a renewal in the squad, necessary to face the coming challenges. Meanwhile, rumors and speculation about other possible movements do not stop. One of the names that sounds strongly is that of Asier Villalibre, who could return to Deportivo Alavés.

El coach Ernesto Valverde, who has renewed his contract for another year, has highlighted the need to strengthen certain positions, especially the defense. Despite Vivian and Paredes have delivered, Yeray's injuries have exposed the fragility of the defense. Names like Laporte and Iñigo Martínez are on the table, although their incorporation seems complicated.

Ibaigane's turn

New faces and pending renovations

Alvaro Djalo, forward from Braga, and Andoni Gorosabel, right back from Alavés, are the first confirmed additions. Djaló arrives in Bilbao after an outstanding season in Portugal, for a sum of fifteen million euros, a considerable figure that reflects the club's commitment to its talent. Gorosabel, for his part, returns to the League after a solid campaign at Alavés, seeking to provide experience and solidity to the defense.

Meanwhile, the renewal of some key players remains up in the air. Álex Berenguer, author of the decisive goal in the Cup final, has expressed his desire to continue at Athletic. However, negotiations appear to be stalled. The Navarrese forward has several offers, although his priority continues to be the Bilbao club.

Ander Herrera, who returned two years ago from PSG, also ends his contract on June 30. The veteran midfielder has not been able to perform at the expected level due to muscle problems, although his quality and experience remain invaluable. His continuity is uncertain, as is that of Dani García, who has had a season marked by injuries but remains a sought-after player.

A future full of challenges and opportunities

Athletic faces a summer of crucial decisions. Sports management must balance the need to renew the squad with the need to maintain a core of experienced players. The additions of Djaló and Gorosabel are a good start, but there is still a lot of work to do. Resource management and the ability to attract talent will be key to keeping the team in the elite.

In a context of high competition, Athletic must continue betting on its youth philosophy, combining it with strategic signings. The fans, always loyal and passionate, look forward to next season. The objective is clear: to continue competing at the highest level and bring the name of Athletic and Bizkaia to the top of European football.

El Recent success in the Cup and return to Europe are the basis on which to build a promising future. Careful planning and making the right decisions will be essential for Athletic to continue being a benchmark in Spanish and European football. With Valverde in charge and the support of an unconditional fan base, the lions are ready to face the challenges that come and continue writing their history of glory.

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