Unai López Signs Contract Extension With Athletic Club Through 2022
Big things have been expected of Unai López since he left Real Sociedad to join Lezama back in 2011. Back then he was an exciting and talented young midfielder who looked to have all of the qualities necessary to reach the first team and become a great footballer. He made his debut under Ernesto Valverde in 2014 at just 18 years old, but was unable to carve out a regular place in the team.
Last year López was sent to play on loan with Rayo Vallecano in the Segunda and stood out as one of the best players in the entire league. His vision, passing, and creativity helped the club finish the season at the top of the table and earn promotion back to the Primera. It became clear that the midfielder was going to fight for a place at the San Mamés this summer and Athletic have now secured his future at the club.
On Wednesday Athletic Club officially announced that Unai López has signed a contract extension through 2022 that will also contain a €45 million release clause. The 22-year-old was entering the final year of his deal but the club view him as an important player for the future and new manager Eduardo Berizzo is said to have already made the decision to keep him in the first team squad for the upcoming season. López is happy and excited to continue his career at Athletic and is ready to show that he deserves his place at the San Mamés.