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Valverde configures casualty list and evaluates loans

Valverde

Jesus Carames

April 15, 2024 | 6:22 p.m.

Athletic Club de Bilbao is preparing for a season of significant changes. Under the direction of Ernesto Valverde, the club seeks to continue its evolution and success, adjusting its squad to face challenges in both the Spanish Super Cup and the Europa League. The sports management is awaiting the list of casualties that Valverde, affectionately known as 'Txingurri', will soon propose.

Planning the future in Europe

Valverde, whose leadership has revitalized Athletic, has the task of deciding which players will not be part of the future project. His list is anticipated to include those who have played a marginal role this season. The intention is to make room for new acquisitions and promote emerging talents within the club who can contribute to a more dynamic and competitive approach.

Players at the starting box

Players likely to leave include Asier Villalibre and Imanol García de Albéniz, who have had few opportunities to prove themselves under Valverde. Adu Ares, despite having the coach's appreciation, could also be loaned or sold to gain experience and playing minutes elsewhere.

Critical contractual situation

Several key players, such as Dani García, Álex Berenguer, Raúl García, Iker Muniain, Óscar de Marcos, and Ander Herrera, are at the end of their contracts. The club has offered one-year renewals, but it is up to the players to accept these conditions or seek new opportunities.

Evaluation of transfers

Valverde will also review the situation of players returning from loans, including Unai Vencedor, Jon Morcillo, Nico Serrano, Javier Martón, and Juan Artola. Each of them will have to impress the manager in the pre-season to secure a place in the team for the 2025 campaign.

The challenge of those on loan

Of the players returning from loan, Nico Serrano appears to have the best chance of staying, given his promising performance. However, competition in the team and new additions like Álvaro Djaló could limit his participation.

The choice of who stays and who leaves will be critical. Valverde and the sports management must balance youth and experience to build a competitive team. Fans are anxiously awaiting the final decision, knowing that every move will be crucial to the club's aspirations in the coming season.

This transition period is a key moment for Athletic, and the decisions made now will define the club's course for the coming years.

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