Iker Muniain is already an Athletic legend despite that fact that he is still only 24 years old. Over the past few years he has become more of a leader at the San Mames and has called on his teammates to be solely loyal to the Basque giants. That hasn’t stopped rumors from surfacing that other clubs may be interested in signing the winger. Recently it was reported that Sevilla have shown interest in Muniain as a possible replacement for Vitolo who may be on his way out. However, that doesn’t look to be the case.
In a recent interview with Carlos Zaballa of Mundo Deportivo, Sevilla President Jose Castro denied any interest in Muniain. “I do not know of any negotiations for him [Muniain]”, said Castro when asked if his club was in negotiations for the Lezama product.
When the rumors first broke they were all viewed as false due to Muniain’s loyalty and devotion to Athletic Club. However, the story was picked up by multiple outlets which began to add validity. If Sevilla truly are interested in Muniain they would have to match his €45 million release clause and convince him to make the switch to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. In the end, Jose Castro’s statements should put an end to the story rather quickly.
Last season was a vital campaign for Muniain who had just recently returned from a torn ACL the year before. It took the 24-year-old several months to get his fitness back and begin to play at the highest level again. In the last few months of the season he was one of the most influential players on the pitch and ended the year having scored seven goals and provided three assists. Iker Muniain will continue his key role in the team under new manager Cuco Ziganda and will once again function as one of the team captains, having made over 300 appearances for Athletic Club.