One of Manchester United's rumored key targets over the summer transfer window, striker Iñaki Williams, has signed a new long-term contract to stay with his boyhood club. This new deal will last an incredible nine seasons and will include a stunning 135 million euro release clause. This is the second time since 2018 that the Bilbao native has agreed to new terms with his last one finishing in 2025.
According to BBC, while this deal set to expire on June 30, 2028, when young phenom Kylian Mbappe will be 27 and Cristiano Ronaldo will be 43 and probably still dominating for Inter Miami, this is still not the longest contract in football history. That distinct still belongs to winger Denilson, who signed with Real Betis for 10 seasons in 1998.
In a brief interview soon after signing on the dotted line, Williams said that "The club has always bet on me, it has given me everything, I feel it is my home." He continued on to thank the Bilbao faithful for their devotion to him after five years already with the Lions. "Thank you for supporting me. Above all for always being with me in bad times."
Williams had his career year in 2018/19. He scored a career-high 12 goals in La Liga and added four assists. His WhoScored.com player rating was also the highest for his career, ending with a seven even. The Bilbao board will hope that he continues to work in an upward trajectory, as the squad lost three of their long-time players over the summer including captain Markel Susaeta, Ander Iturraspe, and Mikel Rico.
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