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Unai Simon signs five-year Athletic deal with no release clause

SoccerNews in La Liga 20 Aug 2020

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Unai Simon has signed a new five-year contract with Athletic Bilbao that does not include a release clause.

Goalkeeper Simon, 23, has reportedly been monitored by Real Madrid and Inter and would have been available for €50million under the terms of his previous deal.

However, after seeing Chelsea trigger an €80m buy-out fee in Kepa Arrizabalaga’s contract at San Mames in 2018, Athletic have moved to avoid a repeat.

Simon moved into the first team following Kepa’s exit and Thursday’s announcement coincided with the second anniversary of his LaLiga debut and a first call-up to the Spain squad from Luis Enrique.

“I’ve been here since I was 14 years old. Being here until 2025 is a dream for me. I am very proud and happy for the trust the club has placed in me,” he said in a club interview.

“It’s been a complete, very beautiful day for me.”

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