La November FIFA windowwhich will have Athletic without official competition until Monday the 27th, allow Mikel Gonzlez, Athletic’s sports CEO, to build bridges for the following squad renewals. Signed Unai Gmez and pending the announcement made about Nico, with whom the negotiation is already closedthe rojiblanco executive addresses the second round of contacts with the group formed by Vesga, Berenguer and Guruzetathat by clause they have won a contract month but they have extended their relationship for two or three seasons.
The CEO works from the parameters established by the Board of Directors. “Looking ahead to this season, we have set ourselves the goal of completing all the target renovations within the budgeted conditions. It is a challenge,” explained president Jon Uriarte. at the General Assembly of Partners. At this moment the continuity of Vesga, Berenguer and Guruzeta is an objective…..although They will only stay if they match that condition with the budget assigned to their firm.. Vesga and Guruzeta will have more travel as lions while Berenguer, who is also a target, is on the agenda of two LaLiga clubs and has a market abroad after having played for Torino.
He work is underway, although the general public is more aware of Nico Williams’ decision than anything else. The youngest of the Williams brothers has had a definitive offer for days. It is a proposal that club and footballer have worked on, through their representative, for many months. The response is expected imminent.
The next renewals that will be discussed in the squad with players who end their contract this year will occur much later in the season. From Marcoscaptain on the field due to Muniain’s absence and starting right back for Valverde, has is free to decide over time and depending on its performance.
He captain Muniainwhich has lowered its prominence in the green, will have a direct explanation of what a negotiation process will be like that on 10 aspires to bring to fruition to complete career in Athletic. Ral Garca, at 37 years of age, was the player who later signed a one-year renewal last season. Athletic was not very helpful in its management and this season the player will have more conversations about it so that nothing seems improvised or out of place.
Dani Garciawhich is gaining participation in recent days, Yuri Bechiche and Herrera They will need the season to progress to take a stand, but not everyone will follow. With one foot out are Morcillo, now on loan at Amorebieta, and Peru Nolaskoain. Only a brutal change in their respective participations would alter the initial decision.
The plan until May too includes sitting with Simón and Agirrezabala, who finish in 2025, just like Villalibre and Lekue. The club management will have to take a stand with the goalkeepers. Simón is in the best moment of his career and he is one of the most sought-after goalkeepers in Europe. Such a poster overshadows Agirrezabala, in which several clubs were interested last season with the intention of playing on loan with them this season.
And the coach?
Ernesto Valverde renewed last year for one season the contract he signed the previous summer, committing to be the coach of Jon Uriarte, also that of Ricardo Barkala, before the elections. The Txingurri (365 games and 167 victories). The agreement It was announced in February, still with the season’s objectives alive. In that sense, the coach always stressed that the signing was a commitment and that if the club considered at the end of last season that it had to be cut, it would have no problem giving up the agreed year.
The The club’s current management is clear that there is no better coach for Athletic than Valverde and there is no reason to think that the bond of union will be broken.. The coach is more than a regular coach because he knows the house, the training processes and the involvement he has in the planning together with the sports management.