Napoli Continue To Pursue Athletic Club Star Iker Muniain
Iker Muniain has always been outspoken about his love for Athletic and desire for top players to remain at the club despite interest from other teams. That belief will now be tested. The 25-year-old is currently in the last year of his contract with Athletic and his representatives have been working with Ibaigane on a renewal, but so far the two sides have yet to come to an agreement.
Throughout his career Muniain has always felt appreciated and valued by Athletic and wants to stay at the club. That being said, he also wants his new contract to reflect his place in the team and make him one of the highest paid players. As his representatives continue to work on a new deal other clubs have begun to take notice with heavy internet coming out of Italy.
According to a new report from Javier Beltran of AS, Napoli are in serious pursuit of Muniain. They would love to bring the Basque attacker to the San Paolo and believe that he would instantly make their team better. The Italians are also said to be willing to offer the Lezama product a hefty contract which could make things difficult for Athletic. Roma and Lazio have also shown interest.
The important thing to note is that Iker Muniain wants to stay at Athletic. It is his dream to continue at his boyhood club and no one can doubt his dedication to the Zurigorri. The tattoos on his body, way he celebrates, and his embrace of manager Eduardo Berizzo after assisting on a goal against Atlético this past weekend all speak to his love for Athletic. That being said, other clubs want to sign him and are willing to make offers that will be very tempting. It will be up to Athletic to meet the player’s contract desires and finalize a new deal as quickly as possible to secure his future at the San Mamés.