Peru Nolaskoain Has The Chance To Convince Garitano During Athletic’s Trip To Germany
Several Athletic players have been linked with loan moves over the past week as Gaizka Garitano plans to trim the squad from 33 down to around 24. Without European football, there just won’t be enough minutes for everyone. The Mister has been tasked with putting together the strongest team possible to challenge for a top-six finish and at least two Lions already know their fate.
Cristian Ganea and Andoni López have already been told that they aren’t part of the manager’s plan this season. Both will leave on loan and those moves are expected to be announced in the coming days. Neither left-back will travel with the team to Germany on Sunday and likely won’t participate in Saturday’s friendly against Arenas if they are still in Bilbao at the time.
Meanwhile, Peru Nolaskoain is in a difficult situation. Reports suggest that the 20-year-old has also been told that he will leave on loan with Real Zaragoza said to have already reached an agreement with Athletic. With so many midfielders currently in the squad it would be difficult for Nolaskoain to see the field with Athletic, though it now looks like he may still have a chance to convince the manager.
According to a report from Asier Romo of Mundo Deportivo, Athletic have insisted that there is no agreement in place with Real Zaragoza and Garitano has not told Nolaskoain that he will leave on loan. The report goes on to say that the 20-year-old will be given the entire preseason to try to earn his place in the first team before any decisions are made.
At any rate, Nolaskoain is expected to travel with the team to Germany, unlike Ganea and López. With Iñigo Martinez still on a lighter schedule and Unai Nuñez on vacation, Nolaskoain has been used quite a bit as a center-back in training. Some sources have even claimed that the Lezama product wouldn’t leave until Yeray and Nuñez have signed their new and improved contracts. The most important thing for Peru Nolaskoain is to take every opportunity to prove himself to Garitano and next week’s trip to Germany could determine whether he stays at San Mamés or leaves on loan.