Elche Targeting Loan Move For Athletic Defender Cristian Ganea
Cristian Ganea made it clear in June that he didn’t want to be sent on loan again this season. The Romanian has been determined to prove himself at Athletic but won’t get his wish. Manager Gaizka Garitano has already informed the 27-year-old that he will have to leave in order to play regular minutes and Segunda clubs continue to show interest in the defender.
Numancia expressed their desire to keep Ganea on loan for another season, but the defender is said to want a different move. Sporting and Tenerife has since stepped up as potential suitors and have now been joined by Elche according to a report from Ramón Suso of Mundo Deportivo.
Elche have a very strong relationship with Athletic and have already enquired about the availability of Asier Villalibre. According to sources, they would be willing to offer Ganea a starting role and Athletic would pay more of the player’s wages based on his minutes while on loan. At this point the Basque giant have yet to make a decision but will continue fielding offers while Ganea trains with the first team under the orders of Gaizka Garitano.