Asier Villalibre Reportedly Rejected Offers To Leave On Loan
Asier Villalibre’s return to Bilbao Athletic last season was a stroke of genius. After three very poor loan spells in the Segunda, the striker needed to regain his confidence and best football. Villalibre did just that, scoring 23 goals and was rewarded with a new contract at the end of the campaign. The 21-year-old may be a star in the making but it was never going to be easy to earn a place in the first team this year.
Several weeks into the preseason Gaizka Garitano informed Villalibre that he would be sent out on loan. The manager explained that the young forward wasn’t going to have regular chances to play and that leaving would allow him to continue developing. Villalibre had already publicly stated that he didn’t want to go on loan again but was open to whatever the club thought was best.
A handful of clubs in the Segunda, along with Barcelona B and Real Madrid Castilla, showed interest in Villalibre. Even a club in Greece’s first division wanted to sign the striker but a deal never materialized. Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta recently explained that financial limitations made it difficult to reach a loan agreement, though he also admitted that Villalibre was able to be part of the decision as well.
It now seems as though financial issues weren’t the only factor that saw Villalibre stay at Athletic. According to an exclusive report from Onda Vasca, the Lezama product rejected an offer from Malaga as well as the one from Greece. At this point, it isn’t clear why the offers were turned down but there were chances to leave on loan.
Spending the season on the bench is never a good thing for a young player like Villalibre who needs consistent minutes. However, with this being the final season of Aritz Aduriz’s career, the young forward will have the opportunity to continue learning from the Athletic legend in training. For now, Asier Villalibre will be staying at Athletic but the club will certainly look for a move when the transfer window opens back up in January.