Almeria And Cultural Leonesa Interested In Signing Alex Remiro On Loan
Cuco Ziganda has a big decision to make with his goalkeeping surplus. Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue as the starter and the plan is for Iago Herrerin to function as the backup and cup keeper. However, before returning from loan at Leganes he was outspoken about the fact that he doesn’t want to be a reserve. If he does agree to accept the role, then Alex Remiro will be sent on loan somewhere in the Segunda and he already has suitors.
The most important thing to Athletic and Remiro is for the keeper to play regular minutes. Last season he joined Levante on loan and only played in four games before returning to Bilbao in January. This time, they want to get a guarantee that he will be a starter. Depending on which clubs can promise playing time, Remiro will likely get to choose his next destination.
If Remiro were to join Almeria he would be in direct competition with Castro who has played in nearly 75 games for the club since 2015. However, Castro is also about to turn 36 so the club could be wanting someone young and hungry to prove himself. Meanwhile, joining Leonesa would almost certainly guarantee Remiro a starting role. The club has just earned promotion to the Segunda and are looking to upgrade their squad in hopes of fending off relegation. There was also talk that Lugo were interested as well, but changes at the club may have silenced those rumors.
Remiro is widely as viewed as another star of the future and has spent most of his childhood directly competing with Kepa Arrizabalaga. The 22-year-old needs to be playing regular minutes in order to continue improving and a move to the Segunda for a year could see him return as the backup next season. That being said, Ziganda will first have to convince Herrerin to stay at the club and sit behind Kepa before he will allow Remiro to leave on loan. For now, all three keepers are expected to be in the squad when Athletic begins preseason training on 3 July.