Unai Nuñez Will Double Wages With New Athletic Contract
Unai Nuñez signed his last renewal with Athletic in October of 2017. At the time, the young defender had just recently made his first team debut and was playing at a very high level. The new deal was fully deserved and saw Nuñez tied to San Mamés through 2023 with a release clause of €30 million. Athletic had taken the necessary steps to protect the talented center-back, but football has changed a lot since then.
With Yeray returning from his second successful battle against cancer, Nuñez found his minutes far more limited last season. By January the 22-year-old has barely played and there was significant interest from clubs in England. It quickly became clear that a €30 million release clause had become too small in today’s growing market and the club has made it a priority to improve Nuñez’s contract this summer.
Positive talks have been ongoing for a few weeks with sources stating that it shouldn’t be difficult for the two sides to reach an agreement. Nuñez definitely wants to play more next season, but he also wants to succeed at his boyhood club. The goal is to upgrade the defender’s wages and release clause and progress is being made.
According to a report from Robert Basic and Juanma Mallo of El Correo, Athletic hope to finalize the renewal before the start of the U21 European Championship. The new deal will see Nuñez double his wages by moving into the middle tier of salaries and significantly raise his release clause as well. It may only be a matter of time before Unai Nuñez puts pen to paper on a new deal and it can’t come soon enough with Athletic aware that several clubs are interested in signing the young star.
Athletic have also been working on improving Yeray’s contract as well. The 24-year-old was one of the best defenders in all of La Liga last season and has already attracted the interest of Atlético Madrid. Like Nuñez, Yeray’s release clause is currently set at €30 million and will be greatly increased, along with his wages, when a renewal is finalized.