Unai Simón Joins Elche On Loan For The 2018/2019 Season
After signing a contract extension with Athletic Club through 2023 it became immediately clear that Unai Simón was going to be leaving on loan. The goalkeeper had played at a very high level for Bilbao Athletic after the last two years and was ready for a step up to the Segunda. Several clubs in the second division were chasing the 21-year-old and a move has finally come to fruition.
On Friday Athletic Club officially announced that Simón has joined Elche on loan for the 2018/2019 season. The newly promoted club made the most consistent and serious approach to sign the Lezama standout and both Athletic and Simón agreed that it would be the best destination. Playing for Elche will give the promising keeper the chance to be a starter in the Segunda and continue to develop as a footballer.
It was a well-known fact that Elche were leading the race for Simón over the last few weeks but their Sporting Director made it clear that financial concerns were holding up the deal. There has been no word on how the wage payments were structured between the two clubs, but the most important thing is that Simón now has a home for the upcoming season and will have the opportunity to take the next step in his career.