Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez – linked with Wolves last month (The Times) – has spoken of his desire to leave the club in order to get more game time.

The 23-year-old is keen for a change of environment ahead of the European Championships next summer.

Spain international Nunez wants to be on the plane, but knows he needs to be playing regular football, which he didn’t always get in 2019/20 at club level.

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He told AS: “At 23 years old, what I need is to play many games, many minutes, to continue progressing as a player and achieve my best performance.

“Let it be clear. I want to renew (my contract) but, above all, I want to grow as a footballer and for that I need to play. For this reason, and because I believe (it is) the best thing for everyone, my main condition for renewing is the club loans me to a team in which I would be a protagonist.

“I think the best thing, what I need now, is to leave on loan and have continuity before returning in a year as a better footballer.”

 

Nunez, who has also previously been linked with the likes of Everton and Arsenal, has made a total of 77 appearances for the Basque club.

One more in for Nuno?

Nuno has already signed Fernando Marcal, but the Brazilian was deployed at left wing-back against Sheffield United and did superbly there.

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The Brazilian can play on the left of a three, but Romain Saiss has the spot nailed down for now.

Wolves have been so good defensively in 2020 that it would be hard to see one of Saiss, Conor Coady or Willy Boly making way.

But Nunez – who is protected from being permanently signed by suitors by a £27 million release clause – is a quality player who could certainly push for regular minutes at Molineux.

The manager doesn’t have a wealth of centre-back options in reserve right now, so loaning Nunez could be shrewd business.

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