When Iñigo Córdoba was promoted to the first team over the summer he was expected to play a supplementary role and continue developing while facing top flight competition. He wasn’t supposed to play significant minutes in his first season, but that was thrust upon him when Iker Muniain suffered a torn ACL in late September. Córdoba, still just 20 at the time, became a regular face in the starting lineup and it quickly became a sink or swim moment for the Lezama product. It took a few months to really find his footing, but we are now seeing the best of Córdoba.
Since February Córdoba has been in fantastic form and has been able to carve out his role in the team. He capped off a brilliant two month stretch on Monday when he scored the opening goal against Villarreal, which as also his debut strike with the first team. Athletic Club understand that Córdoba has all the qualities to be a very important player for the team and, now that his first season with the senior squad is coming to an end, they would like to secure his future at the San Mamés.
According to a new report from Pako Ruiz of DEIA, Athletic Club have already contacted Córdoba to let him know that they want to give him a new and improved contract. The 21-year-old’s current deal will run through 2021 and has a €30 million release clause. Athletic would like to raise both of those numbers, with sources saying that his clause could be increased to somewhere in the €50 million range.
Córdoba joined Lezama when he was just 12 years old and has never by shy about his love for Athletic and his dream of playing at the San Mamés. He wants to spend his career at the club and sources say that desire should make negotiating a new contract fairly simple and straight forward. As of right now there is no word on when negotiations will actually begin, although it likely won’t happen until after the season has ended. There is no rush at the moment and with the Lions competing for a top seven finish it is wise to not add any distractions. That being said, it is clear that he would love to improve his contract and secure his future at his boyhood club.