Every summer Lezama stars make the jump from Bilbao Athletic to the first team and some immediately dazzle fans with their quality. This summer both Iñigo Córdoba and Unai Núñez have done just that and have earned their place in Kuko Ziganda’s squad. Before the preseason even began Córdoba had signed a contract extension which showed just how much faith Ibaigaine has in the 20-year-old. Now, it looks as though Núñez will follow suit with his very own renewal.
According to a new report from DEIA, Athletic Club management is already working on a contract renewal for Unai Núñez whom they view as star of the future and someone who could also contribute to the team this season. The Basque giants want to guarantee his future with the club.
Núñez is currently in the final season of his contract that he signed with Bilbao Athletic and the club intends to secure his future at the San Mamés. Right now there are two options for how to go about this. First, Athletic could wait until he has featured in 10 games for the first team which would immediately extend his contract for two more seasons. With playing time not guaranteed this is the more unlikely possibility. On the other hand, Athletic could go ahead and offer him an extension which is what DEIA believe will happen.
If Unai Núñez does put pen to paper on a new deal, reports claim that he will extend his contract until 2020 with a release clause of €30 million. Those are normally the details given whenever a player is officially promoted from Bilbao Athletic, such as Córdoba earlier this summer. Núñez has looked solid during the preseason and has arguably performed better than Eneko Bóveda and Xabi Etxeita. With Yeray still undergoing chemotherapy there is a real chance that the 20-year-old could see the field and he is working hard to earn a permanent place in Kuko Ziganda’s team this season.