Williams signs nine-year deal with Athletic Bilbao

MADRID (AFP) – Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams has signed a new nine-year contract that will increase his release clause to EUR135 million, the club announced yesterday.

Williams’ previous release clause had been set at EUR80 million and the 25-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

“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.”