The Real Madrid and Barcelona target still has a release clause of 50 million euros

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Earlier this week, Nico Williams officially signed a new contract with Athletic Bilbao, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2026-27 season.

The 21-year-old, whose previous contract expires next summer, is regarded as one of the brightest talents in Spanish football.

In his previous deal, Williams had a release clause of 50 million euros, which was seen as too affordable for clubs that had shown interest in him, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

After announcing his new contract, Bilbao refused to reveal the value of his new release clause, but now it has been revealed.

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Estadio Deportivo report that Williams’ release clause has indeed remained at €50 million, which could open the door to a possible exit next summer.

Clubs would surely have no problem signing him, although Barcelona (due to their financial difficulties) may not be one of them.

It remains to be seen whether Bilbao will be able to keep hold of Williams beyond next summer, although with the interest shown, it could be very difficult. 

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