Athletic Bilbao president confirms Nico Williams stance amid £46million Newcastle interest


Athletic Bilbao president Jon Uriarte has insisted Nico Williams is happy at San Mames amid transfer interest from Newcastle United and a number of other European clubs.

Williams, who has impressed for Spain in their two matches at EURO 2024 so far, reportedly has a £46million release clause in his current deal with the Spanish club which has alerted Newcastle, as well as the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal, to his availability.

The 21-year-old scored eight goals and registered 19 assists at club level last season as Bilbao finished fifth in La Liga and won the Copa Del Rey.

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As a result of his form at both club and international level, Williams, who has three years remaining on his current contract, is a man in demand this summer but Uriarte insists he remains relaxed over the youngster's future.

"We have impressive talent in the squad," said the club president, as quoted by TribalFootball. "When things are like this, it's normal that there are players who arouse interest, but we're not here to talk about rumours.

"Nico is happy in Bilbao and at Athletic and we're very happy with Nico. We don't worry about or pay attention to rumours. We're focused on creating an attractive project for all our players, fighting for titles and competing in Europe.

"The club has room for economic manoeuvre to sign players. We had to be able to ensure that the investment did not penalise the expenses.

"We had to balance the accounts and boost the income. That has been our way of acting. At the club we are always aware of what is on the market and identify opportunities."

Newcastle are known to be in the market for a new right winger this summer, with both Jarrod Bowen and Michael Olise also linked with a move to St James' Park.

Williams will be back in action for Spain on Monday evening when they take on Albania in their final Group B match in Dusseldorf before they move on to the second round.