Cristian Ganea Joins Numancia On Loan For The Remainder Of The Season
Cristian Ganea joined Athletic over the summer after the Basques purchased him from Romanian club Viitorul the previous year and allowed him to stay on loan. At the time he was expected to challenge Mikel Balenziaga for minutes, but the arrival of Yuri Berchiche changed things. The 26-year-old has barely featured this season, making only 5 appearances, and it became clear earlier this week that he would be leaving on loan.
On Wednesday Athletic Club officially announced that Ganea has joined Numancia on loan for the remainder of the season where he is expected to play regular football in the Segunda. The Romanian will now have the opportunity to adapt to Spanish football without the pressure of playing at Athletic and can prove himself worthy of fighting for a place at the San Mamés next summer.
Ganea may not be the only player leaving the club during the winter transfer window. Unai López is also close to making the switch to Rayo Vallecano on loan and Huesca have once again asked Athletic if they can sign goalkeeper Alex Remiro on loan. Meanwhile, the club has also finalized a transfer deal for Alavés winger Ibai Gómez which should be announced at some point this week.