TThree days after confirming its return to the First Division for the second time in its almost 92-year history, Girona must work against the clock to catch up with its opponents, who have been on vacation for almost a month, planning the 2022/23 season sports directors, and just a few days before the start of the preseason. The people of Girona will dress in shorts again on July 12 and from now on the offices will hardly close their doors with the focus on the preparation of the template.
Seven players from the squad that got promotion will leave the club on June 30. Two for termination of contract (Junca and Jairo) and five due to termination of loan of their respective teams (Baena, Pol Lozano, Nahuel, Pablo Moreno and Dario Sarmiento). Despite the fact that the red and whites will fight to repeat with some of those on loan this year, their departure already leaves a good gap in the block led by Míchel Sánchez.
With the promotion, Girona has gained in financial muscle since its budget will be multiplied by five (from about 10 to about 50 million) and that varies the position of the Catalans when it comes to retaining quality young players who have stood out as Arnau Martinez, Santi Bueno, among others. Other footballers of weight like Stuani, Juanpewhich automatically renewed with promotion, Bernardo, Aleix Garcia, Borja García and Samu Saiz They still have a contract and will continue, although with the latter there are more doubts.
They will fight for Baena
One of the players who has evolved the most and stood out alongside Míchel has been Álex Baena, on loan from Villarreal. The under-21 international with Spain would look favorably on continuing at Girona in the first division. The one from Roquetas will force the machine against his team to find the formula and get out of this despite the fact that, for now, he is summoned to start the preseason under the orders of Unai Emery.
End of contracts
June 30, 2022: Juncà and Jairo)
June 30, 2022 (on loan): Pol Lozano, Álex Baena, Darío Sarmiento, Nahuel Bustos and Pablo Moreno
2023: Juanpe (automatic renewal), Juan Carlos, Ortolà, Bernardo, Aleix Garcia, Borja García, Samu Saiz, Víctor Sánchez (automatic renewal), Valery, Ureña, Álex Gallar, Dubasin and Calavera
2023 on loan: Iván Martín (renewal of the loan with Villarreal automatic)
2024: Santi Bueno, Ibra Kebé, Ramón Terrats
2025: Arnau Martínez
2026: Stuani, Artero and Gabri