Deportivo Deny Negotiating With Athletic For Andoni López

Andoni Lopez Training

Andoni López will leave Athletic on loan this summer (EC)

Andoni López will not play with Athletic this season. After a successful loan spell with Almeria last year, the 23-year-old has already been told that he will leave on again and did not travel with the Lions for their week-long training trip to Germany. Recent reports claim that Deportivo have been in talks to sign the left-back, with a possible purchase option, but the club has since dismissed the rumors.

“There have been no negotiations with Andoni López”, said Deportivo Sporting Director Carmelo del Pozo during a press conference on Tuesday. He would go on to say that the club’s search for a new left-back is “on track” but also firmly stated that “we don’t expect any signing in the next 24 hours”. Del Pozo ended the round of questioning by saying, “The club is looking for which option suits us the best”.

Despite Del Pozo’s statements, Deportivo are still believed to be interested in López as are Almeria, though the left-back would prefer a new destination this season. While the Lezama product waits for a move to materialize he will continue training under the orders of Joseba Etxeberria with Bilbao Athletic.

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