Antonio Rukavina ended his four-year stay with Villarreal, joining Astana on a free transfer. He’s been the consummate professional, playing left back, right back, or even central midfield on occasion. He leaves Villarreal having made 99 appearances over all competitions. Ruka sent a very nice message, thanking the fans, coaches and staff for his time here. We were willing to keep him on, but Astana offered a longer deal and Champions League football, or at least the qualifying rounds. Who knows, we could face Astana and Ruka again in Europe!
Alfonso Pedraza is officially “home”—the club announced he’s going to be part of the first team next year, to no one’s surprise. He can play anywhere along the left side.
Players who we expect to lose: Roberto Soriano, Nicola Sansone
???? Adrian Marin, Daniele Bonera, Alfred N’Diaye
Player we want at the right price: Carlos Bacca
Other returning loanees to deal with: Cristian Espinosa, Akram Afif.
And then there’s Denis Cheryshev, who could end up getting some great offers as a result of this World Cup.
The beginning of pre-season is only 5 days away!!!