The 23-year-old was mooted to make a switch to Santiago Bernabeu, as his previous contract was set to expire at the end of the 2017-18 season. However, Arrizabalaga has instead committed his future to Bilbao, and put an end to a potential €20 million move to Los Blancos.
The Spaniard’s new contract has an €80 million release clause stipulated in it, and it will keep him at San Mamés Stadium until 2025.
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A short statement released on Athletic’s official website read: “Athletic Club and Kepa Arrizabalaga have signed the contract renewal by which the player will remain with the rojiblanca until 30 June 2025. His cancellation clause will be 80 million Euros.”
Arrizabalaga’s teammate, Iago Herrerin, had described the saga as a “tiring subject” after Bilbao’s 2-2 draw with Getafe over the weekend, by stating: “It’s a tiring subject, but that’s normal. We know the whole truth about it all.”
Meanwhile, Bilbao, who currently sit 12th in La Liga table, are six points short of the Europa League spots, and with the Spanish shot-stopper’s “distracting saga” now over, the club could once again start focusing on securing a higher finish.
And as for Real Madrid, their pursuit to land a world-class goalkeeper is still on, with David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois believed to be the top players on the defending European champions’ radar.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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