Alex Remiro And Athletic Club Still At Odds Over Contract Renewal
Alex Remiro is destined for great things and he knows it. The Lezama graduate spent last season on loan with Huesca where he stood out as the best goalkeeper in the Segunda and helped lead the team to promotion to the first division for the first time in club history. He’s proven that he is ready to play in the Primera and that is already proving problematic for Athletic Club.
The 23-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with Athletic which means that reaching a renewal agreement is paramount. It’s the most important thing the club is currently working on, but it won’t be easy. Remiro is well aware of the fact that he won’t be overtaking Kepa Arrizabalaga for the starting role and he has no interest in being a backup. He is unwilling to commit his future to the San Mamés without knowing that he will get the chance to play regular minutes.
In an interview last month, Remiro was asked what would it take for him to renew with Athletic and he said the situation was fairly straightforward.
“If they make a proposal that convinces me [that he has a future at the club], it’s as simple as that. Leaving with an option to buy me back? Whatever is best for the club and for me is fine. I will accept what they tell me, but I must also look after my own interests. I don’t want to be a backup player or a substitute.”
The plan going into the summer was to extend Remiro’s contract and send him back to Huesca on loan. It’s the perfect move for everyone. Huesca get to continue enjoying the keeper who loved his year away last season, and Athletic would see their starlet get to play regular minutes in the top flight as he continues his development. Now Huesca is scared that the move won’t come to fruition. They’ve been in constant contact with Remiro’s agent who has told them that nothing can happen until there renewal is taken settled.
If the two sides can’t come to an agreement on a contract extension Remiro likely won’t leave on loan. Berizzo will be able to keep him in the squad as an insurance policy and give the club more time to try to negotiate a new deal. On the other hand, there is always the option that the Lions could allow him to leave while also retaining a buy-back option. Remiro still dreams of playing at the San Mamés, but as things stand right now he doesn’t believe that he has a realistic future at Athletic with so much competition standing in his way. For the 23-year-old to sign a renewal the club will have to convince him otherwise.