Raul Garcia is hoping Unai Nunez performs a U-turn on his Athletic Bilbao future after the reported West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers target told AS of his desire to leave.
With a place alongside Sergio Ramos in Spain’s starting XI waiting to be filled, Nunez is suffering from a nasty case of ‘itchy feet syndrome’.
The one-cap international started just 16 La Liga matches last season.
And, after being left out of Luis Enrique’s most recent Spain squad, he knows he can’t afford another year on the bench if he’s to force his way into his nation’s Euro 2021 squad.
Speaking to AS on Tuesday, Nunez admitted he had his heart set on securing a loan move away from the San Mames before October’s transfer deadline.
But Garcia, a battle-scarred, 34-year-old warrior with experience by the bucketload, feels this may be a classic case of the impetuousness of youth.
“He has to learn. It is good that he wants to play,” the former Atletico Madrid hero, who won La Liga in 2014 and scored 15 top-flight goals last term, told Mundo Deportivo.
“Last year, (Nunez) played many games and we want him to be here.
“It is clear he is an important player but he has to be aware that here you have to work, you have to fight and if you really want something, you have to try to grab it.”
David Moyes has admitted West Ham are in the market for a new defender and, with James Tarkowski proving out of reach, a short-term loan deal for Nunez would see the Londoners snap up a hugely promising centre-half without spending a penny in transfer fees.
The Hammers were linked in July, via AS.
The Times, meanwhile, reports Wolves were considering a bid for a 23-year-old who produced stellar performances against Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2019/20.
Wolves opening fixtures of 2020/21 season
Sheffield United (A)
Manchester City (H)
West Ham (A)