Athletic Club currently have a problem that almost every other club on the planet wishes they had to endure. The Lions have four solid goalkeepers, three of them under 24 years of age, but there just aren’t enough minutes to go around. Kepa Arrizabalaga is fully entrenched as the starter for the present and future, while Iago Herrerín still has a contract until 2021. Unai Simon has played well for Bilbao Athletic, but knows his path to the first team is blocked right now and is content to work his way up. That leaves Alex Remiro in a strange place.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan with Huesca and has been one of the best goalkeepers in the second division. He has proven that he is ready for the jump to the top flight, but it doesn’t appear as though he will get that chance with Athletic right now. His contract is set to expire in 2019, but the Lions want to keep him around long term and are already working on doing just that.
According to a report from Javier Ortiz De Lazcano of El Correo, Athletic are already working on a renewal offer that would see Remiro stay at the club for 4-5 years past his current deal. The club is said to have already contacted the player about the renewal, although an offer has not been submitted at this time, likely due to the fact that the Lezama product is away on loan. Normally with players on loan new contract offers are not made until they return, which would be this summer.
In the meantime, Remiro has gained interest from other clubs. Real Sociedad and Espanyol have both reportedly contacted the player regarding their desire to sign him, but they also know that will likely be impossible this summer since he is still under contract for a few years. Real Sociedad would love to bring in the 23-year-old to become their keeper of the future, as well as get back at Athletic for signing Iñigo Martinez. Still, Athletic appear to be the ones that will have the ultimate say in Remiro’s future.
There is another option that the Basque giants to undertake and it seems to make a lot of sense for everyone involved. Seeing as how Remiro’s path to the first team is blocked, Athletic could allow him to leave for free and retain a small buy-back clause. This would be ideal if a club like Huesca were to earn promotion because they could keep their excellent keeper, while Athletic would always have the option of bringing him back to the San Mamés. Regardless, it is clear that Athletic view Remiro as a player with a future at the club, it is just a matter of when will that day come.