13 Juvenil A Players Promoted To Basconia
Youth football is done for the season. Due to health concerns, all of the remaining youth games in Spain have been canceled and clubs are now beginning to prepare for next year. Rafa Alkorta and the coaches at Lezama are currently working on organizing the teams for the upcoming campaign and some decisions have already been made.
On Tuesday Athletic officially announced that 13 players from the Juvenil A have been promoted to Basconia for the 2020/2021 season. The players moving up will be goalkeepers Ibon Ispizua and Unai Pérez; defenders Beñat de Jesús, Adrián Trespalacios, Iker San Vicente, Oier López and Iñigo Gomeza; midfielders Kepa Uriarte, Unai Vélez, Ander Laka and Mikel López Goti; and forwards Manex Asategi and Iñigo López.
Mikel Mendibelzua, Iñaki Telletxea, and Beñat Gerenabarrena will stay in the Juvenil A squad for next season and could be loaned out to teams in the Tercera. Meanwhile, Gorka San Nicolás, Rodrigo Esteban, Daniel Echavarri, and David Hernández will not continue at the club. The four players all have contracts expiring on 30 June and were not offered renewals.
Replacing the players at Juvenil A will be 16 players from Juvenil B: Unai Goti, Álex Padilla, Eneko Clemente, Unai Eguiluz, Hugo Rincón, Aimar Duñabeitia, Raúl Chasco, Aitor Sollano, Iker Varela, Ibai Asenjo, Alejandro Rego, Matthys Lunel, Unai Gómez, Luis Bilbao, Aaron Bunta, and Ibai Sanz. Ieltxu García of Cadete A is also being promoted directly to Juvenil A after a stellar season.
For the 13 players being promoted to Basconia, next season will be their first experience in professional football. Taking the jump from Juvenil A to the Tercera is very challenging and a major milestone. With this promotion each player is one step closer to achieving his goal of reaching the first team and taking the field at San Mamés.