Xabi Etxeita Joins Huesca On Loan For The 2018/2019 Season
Eduardo Berizzo recently made it clear that Xabi Etxeita would be leaving the club, stating that the 30-year-old deserved to play regular minutes which wasn’t going to happen at Athletic. The defender had been linked with a move to Huesca for nearly a month and the manager left him out of friendlies in order to keep the player healthy ahead of the transfer. On Tuesday a deal finally became official.
Athletic Club announced that Xabi Etxeita has joined Huesca on loan for the 2018/2019 season. The agreement will allow the defender to play in games against Athletic.
Etxeita recently renewed his contract with Athletic in January through 2019, but the deal does include an option to extend it an extra year. This likely explains why the two clubs came to an agreement on a loan move instead of an outright transfer. With Etxeita playing with Huesca this season there will be competition for his place in the squad. Eduardo Berizzo has transitioned Andoni López and Peru Nolaskoain to center-backs this summer and they are expected to battle for a role in the first team.