Athletic Club Recognize Iñaki Williams’s Current Release Clause Is Too Small For Today’s Market
When Iñaki Williams signed his last contract renewal with Athletic Club back in 2018 it was a massive statement. At the time Liverpool were willing to pay the forward’s release clause and there was concern that Williams could be off to Anfield. Instead, he extended his deal through 2025 while also increasing his release clause to €80 million which will increase to €108 million over time. On 1 July it will rise to €88 million.
The message was clear: Williams had no interest in leaving Athletic, the club that has given him everything. “It’s a happy day for me because I’ve extended my commitment to this badge for eight more years”, said the Lezama product at his presentation. “I’ve always said that I am where I want to be. Those of us who belong to this club know that there is one word that defines it, family, and you already know that family comes first for me.”
Since then Williams has been even more vocal about his desire to stay at Athletic. The 24-year-old has stated that he wants to retire as a legend of San Mamés and has no interest in leaving. Despite his loyalty, other clubs continue to show interest. Liverpool tried to sign Williams back in January but were rejected while AC Milan, Inter, Atlético Madrid, and more have all been monitoring him closely.
Athletic are proud that a star like Williams is so loyal, but anything can happen in football so the club also has to protect itself from a potential exit. According to a report from Javier Beltrán of AS, Athletic are concerned that the forward’s release clause is too small based on the current market. Ibaigane knows that it is going to be a long summer where several clubs will likely contact Williams with an offer to leave San Mamés.
It doesn’t seem as though there will be negotiations for a new deal this summer, but it isn’t impossible. Iñaki has made it clear that he doesn’t want to leave and Athletic will have to trust their star striker. That being said, it likely won’t be long until the 24-year-old is in need of an improved contract and the club and player will be ready to talk when the time comes.