Real Madrid have been considering a move for Kepa Arriazabalaga for quite a while now. The Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper looked set to play out his contract and then move elsewhere, but Los Merengues never really did too much to make a push for the Spain international. And now they are likely to regret that passive approach in the transfer market.
Bilbao re-started talks with Kepa a while ago, and this time they have been successful. Athletic has reportedly extended Kepa’s contract, and now it will run until June 2025. It will also include an €80 million release clause, the club have announced.
The 23-year-old’s former contract would have made him a free agent this next summer. It was believed Real Madrid was keen to land him, but they did not make an approach for him and will now have to look at other alternatives between the posts.
“Athletic Club and Kepa Arrizabalaga have signed a contract extension so that the player remains at the club until June 30, 2025. His release clause will be €80m”, the club announced through an official statement.
Bilbao newspaper El Correo reported that Kepa had grown tired of waiting for Real to make a move and decided to accept Athletic’s new deal. Kepa has been sidelined with metatarsalgia in his right foot since December 16, but now all signs indicate he will soon return as an Athletic player, and not just for the remainder of the season – but for the foreseeable future.