Cuco Ziganda has a very difficult decision to make this summer. The new manager is blessed to have Kepa Arrizabalaga as the starting goalkeeper, but backup Iago Herrerin does not want to be a reserve anymore. Last year he was loaned to Leganes and proved that he can be a starter in the Primera and towards the end of the season he openly stated that he is not interested in being a backup when he returned to Athletic. The 29-year-old will be joining his teammates when preseason training starts on 3 July and two La Liga clubs are hoping that they can secure his signing this summer.According to a report from El Desmarque Bizkaia, Leganes and Las Palmas are both interested in signing Iago Herrerin and would guarantee him a starting role were he to leave Athletic Club this summer.
Initially, this isn’t a transfer that Athletic wants to make. With Gorka Iraizoz now gone, Herrerin is the veteran in the squad and the club plans for him to remain in the team to act as the cup keeper and Kepa’s backup. That being said, Ziganda will have to convince him that the best thing is to stay at the San Mames. If he is serious about not wanting to be a backup then he could push for a move away. If that was to happen, Athletic would then be left with 22-year-old Alex Remiro as the backup keeper. Remiro has shown a lot of potential and regularly competed alongside Kepa, but he has yet to play a single match in the Primera.
Sources close to the situation claim that Herrerin would stay if he is at least given the opportunity to battle Kepa for the starting role. Of course anyone can lose their place in football with poor form, but Herrerin’s chances of beating out Kepa are very slim. The 22-year-old has become one of the best keeper’s in European football and is about to sign a contract extension that will see him become on of the highest paid player’s at Athletic Club. Iago Herrerin has a difficult decision to make and it could affect Athletic more than he realizes. The 29-year-old has a contract with Athletic until 2019.