Several Clubs Lining Up To Sign Iñigo Vicente On Loan This Summer
There’s a reason everyone calls Iñigo Vicente “El Mago“. He’s magic. Since first arriving at Lezama as a teenager in 2013 it was clear that Vicente was special. Playing as a striker early on he shattered several academy scoring records and was always the best player on the field. As time passed he learned how to function as a winger and attacking midfielder, always proving that he’s destined for great things.
Last summer Vicente was called up to train with the first team, but only lasted a few weeks. When loan offers started to come in the Lezama product rejected them all in favor of returning to Bilbao Athletic to prove himself. He wanted to stay home where he would be seen every single day and it paid off in a big way. Every time he touched the ball there was a chance for magic to happen as Vicente ended the season with 10 goals and 14 assists.
Vicente signed a contract renewal with Athletic back in December, extending his deal through 2022 and raising his release clause to €40 million. The club knows they have something special and wanted to guarantee his future at San Mamés. This summer the 21-year-old will train with the first team again, but this time he will have a much better chance of earning a place in the squad.
It’s clear that the team needs rejuvenation and Gaizka Garitano isn’t afraid to hand chances to young players. The Mister will give Vicente every opportunity to prove that he deserves a role in next season’s squad. There’s no question that Vicente is ready to take the next step in his career, though it won’t be easy to stay in the first team with so much competition in his way, especially without European competition.
Whether or not Vicente is able to convince Garitano remains to be seen. If not, it’s very likely that he will leave Athletic on loan and there are already several clubs lining up to take him according to a report from Javier Beltrán of AS. Last summer saw a plethora of offers made to the 21-year-old and this year will be no different. Many clubs from the Segunda, as well as a few from the Primera, have already expressed interest in signing Vicente on loan but right now El Mago is only thinking about proving himself and playing at San Mamés next season.