Athletic de Marcelino officially starts today, before training will not start until Wednesday. The Asturian coach took the reins in January, but it will be now, with just over a month, when he can put his accent on the project with more space. The 32 players summoned in two days in Lezama to start the preseason have begun to undergo medical examinations and physical tests today prior to the preparation period of the 2021-22 campaign.
The only absence in the first weeks of training will be that of goalkeeper Unai Simón, concentrated with the National Team and present tomorrow in the semifinals of the European Championship against Italy. He was the hero in the penalty shootout against Switzerland. And it will still be a long time before he returns home, as the Tokyo Games await him later.
There is a lot of work to be done at the Ibaigane offices. On the other hand, Iago Herrerín, who closed his stage at Athletic after ending his contract, and Iñigo Vicente, loaned to Mirandés together with youth squad Imanol García de Albéniz, have been dismissed.
Regarding last season, the novelties are the presence of defender Alex Petxarroman, who has been incorporated from Real Sociedad and the only signing made so far by the Bilbao club, and of the five homegrown players summoned by the Asturian coach.
Goalkeeper Julen Arrizabalaga, midfielder Beñat Prados and forwards Nico Williams, Nico Serrano and Juan Artola are the cubs who will try these days to earn a place in the first team.
Regarding the previous course, they repeat the goalkeeper Jokin Ezkieta; defenders Unai Núñez, Iñigo Martínez, Yeray Álvarez, Iñigo Lekue, Yuri Berchiche, Oscar de Marcos, Ander Capa, Peru Nolaskoain and Mikel Balenziaga; midfielders Mikel Vesga, Unai López, Dani García, Oihan Sancet, Oier Zarraga and Unai Vencedor; and forwards Jon Morcillo, Ibai Gómez, Iñaki Williams, Iker Muniain, Alex Berenguer, Asier Villalibre and Raúl García.
In addition, the central Dani Vivian (Mirándés) and the forwards Iñigo Córdoba (Alavés) and Kenan Kodro (Valladolid) return after their respective assignments.
After the first week of training in Lezama, the rojiblanco team will hold a ten-day concentration in Switzerland, between days 14 and 24, in which they will play their first three friendlies.
On the 17th they will face Saint Gallen in the Swiss city (4:00 pm), on the 20th against Dinamo Kiev in Winthertur (3:00 pm) and on the 24th against Borussia Dortmund again at the Kybunkpark in Saint Gallen (4:00 pm).