Mikel Rico Could Return To Huesca If He Leaves Athletic Club This Summer
Since coming to Athletic Club in 2013, Mikel Rico has worn many hats. In his first season he featured in 40 games and was a lynchpin in the midfield, scoring 7 goals and playing a prominent role. The following season he continued to be a major part of the team but in the years that followed he played fewer minutes and was more of a leader in the locker room than on the field. During the last campaign he thrived under Kuko Ziganda when the rest of the midfielders struggled for consistency, but his future at the club is still in question at this point.
As things stand right now, with Athletic not competing in Europe, there are too many midfielders in the squad and new manager Eduardo Berizzo is going to have some difficult decisions to make. Mikel San José, Ander Iturraspe, Mikel Vesga, Beñat, and Mikel Rico will all be battling for their place, while the club will also be announcing the signing of Dani Garcia soon. Add in the fact that the Lions are hoping to secure a transfer for Mikel Merino and it clear that there just isn’t space for everyone. At least two players will likely have to leave this summer.
Mikel Rico is already 33 years old and, despite having a solid year under Ziganda, has already played his best football. There is no questioning his leadership in the team, but if he is not going to play regular minutes he could be one of the players who is on the way out this summer. The decision will ultimately come down to Berizzo who will be assessing the team during the preseason, but Rico is a candidate to leave the club.
If Rico does leave Athletic during the transfer window he could return to former club Huesca who just earned promotion to the Primera for the first time in their history. Rico joined Huesca in 2007 and helped the team achieve promotion to the Segunda and went on to feature in over 75 games for the club before signing with Granada in 2010. Sources claim that Huesca would like to bring Rico back this summer to reinforce their squad and have made their interest known. The 33-year-old still has one year left on his contract with Athletic and his future will be entirely up to the new manager who has some difficult decisions to make over the next few months.