Athletic Club In Final Stages Of Renewal Talks With Ander Capa
Ander Capa’s childhood dream came true in the summer of 2018 when the Portugalete native officially signed with Athletic. Following six successful years with Eibar, during which he was still an Athletic Socio, Capa made the move to San Mamés where he has since established himself as the team’s starting right-back and one of the best players in La Liga at his position.
At 28 years old Capa is in the prime of his career and wants retire at Athletic. With his contract set to expire in 2022 renewal negotiations have already begun with the club and player having had preliminary talks before the pandemic brought football to a halt last season. Now a renewal is close to being finalized.
Over the past two weeks Capa has sat down with Athletic twice to discuss his new contract with a third meeting scheduled for early September, per Javier Ortiz de Lazcano of El Correo. The negotiations are being led by Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta and General Director Jon Berasategi and Capa has made it clear to the club that he will continue at Athletic as he has no intentions of playing elsewhere.
At the moment Capa is on the lower end of the squad’s wage structure and is deserving of a much more lucrative contract to reflect his status in the team. A new deal will come with increased wages though the two sides have yet to agree on a duration for the contract. Athletic also intend to significantly raise Capa’s €50 million release clause, though not even having a clause has also been discussed.
For now there’s no rush to finalize an agreement with Capa still under contract for two more years and fully committed to the club. However, Athletic are eager to reward Capa with an improved deal and the renewal could be completed by the end of September with talks having been simple and straight forward thus far. Ander Capa has already told his agent that he doesn’t even want to hear about interest or offers from other clubs as his only intention is to sign a new contract with Athletic.