Premier League target signs long-term contract extension

Amid Manchester United links, Inaki Williams is set to stay in Spain for a long time.

Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has signed a new deal with the La Liga club, extending his contract until 2028. 

Williams was already contracted to the La Liga side until 2025 but agreed an extension on Monday, a short statement confirmed.

Premier League giants Manchester United were reportedly ready to submit a deadline bid for the striker as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter Milan. The new deal sees the player’s release clause rise to €135 million. The 25-year-old’s previous release clause had been set at €80 million.

The contract is one of the longest ever handed to a player but does not surpass the 10-year agreement Real Betis handed Brazilian winger Denilson in 1998.

“Inaki Williams has prolonged his contract with Athletic Club until June 30, 2028,” read a statement from the club. “His termination clause is set at €135 million.”

The Bilbao-born striker ended a run of 40 league games at home without scoring in January by hitting two against Sevilla at San Mames. He went on to score a career-best 12 goals last season in La Liga.

“I’m very happy. It is a pride for me to continue to be tied to this great club that has given me everything,” Williams said. “Thank you for supporting me, above all for always being with me during the bad times. It’s a day to be happy and hopefully great things will come because what I want is to make this club, if it’s possible, even bigger.”

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