Renewal Talks With Yeray And Unai Nuñez Begin To Slow Down
Apart from preparing for a crucial upcoming season, Athletic’s main goal this summer is improving the contracts of Yeray and Unai Nuñez. The two defenders both had small release clauses, set at just €30 million, and have attracted interest from other clubs. Negotiations have been ongoing for a few weeks now, but at this point talks have started to slow down.
According to a report from Javier Beltrán of AS, the club and players are waiting to meet again to discuss the renewals but no timeframe has been set. There is no hurry to reach an agreement with Yeray under contract through 2022 and Nuñez through 2023, however, the club does want to finalize things as quickly as possible to ward off those interested in signing the Lezama products. In the meantime, the club is currently not fielding loan offers for Peru Nolaskoain in case one of the two defenders leave, even though Gaizka Garitano doesn’t view Nolaskoain as a center-back.
Initial talks have been positive with Athletic clear about the intentions of improving the contracts for the two defenders. Not only would Yeray and Nuñez see their release clauses greatly increased, but their wages would also be significantly raised as well. Sources have even stated that the players would have bonuses built into their new deals based on meeting specific sporting goals.
Yeray has established himself as a key player at San Mamés and has attracted interested from the likes of Atlético Madrid. However, it appears as though the club has turned to other options. Throughout his career, the 24-year-old has regularly expressed his desire to continue at Athletic. The club is said to be confident that Yeray will not be leaving and the fact that the defender is on summer break makes it more difficult to hold negotiations.
Reaching an agreement with Nuñez will certainly be the more difficult of the two. Not only is the 22-year-old currently on international duty with Spain U21 which limits his ability to take part in negotiations, he’s also coming off of a season where he barely played and has made it clear that he wants more. Like Yeray, Nuñez has voiced his desire to succeed at his boyhood club, though he’s also been unhappy about his limited minutes. Athletic is confident that they will be able to reach a renewal agreement with both players and there is no hurry. All parties are waiting to formally meet again, but for now the talks are moving slowly.