- Inaki Williams did speak to Manchester United this summer about a move
- The Athletic Bilbao forward confirmed he had contact from Old Trafford
- But he opted to sign a staggering nine-year deal to stay with the Basque club
Inaki Williams confirmed he did have interest from Manchester United over a summer move
The Athletic Bilbao forward was seen as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku at United
The new contract for Williams, which ends in 2028, includes a £125million release clause
Inaki Williams has opened up on interest from Manchester United in the summer before he signed a new contract to stay at Athletic Bilbao.
The 25-year-old forward was viewed as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku at United – the Belgian left on deadline day to join Inter Milan in a £73million deal.
And speaking to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, Williams has confirmed he did speak to United before he signed a new nine-year deal with the Basque giants.
‘I had contact from Manchester United but I cannot tell you who it was,’ Williams said.
‘My No 1 option has always been to stay at Athletic Club and to retire here. Joining Real Sociedad? No, I could never go there. 100 per cent.’
But Williams did not show any signs of unease in committing his future to Athletic Bilbao in one of the longest player contracts seen in European football.
It is almost on a par with the 10-year contract Real Betis handed the Brazilian winger Denilson back in 1998.
The deal, which takes Williams through until 2028, includes a £125m release clause.