Wednesday August 15 2018
Oyarzabal extends La Real stay

Forward Mikel Oyarzabal has extended his contract at Real Sociedad until June 2023 with an increased release clause, it has been confirmed.

The 21-year-old is in high demand having netted 14 goals for a struggling La Real side last term and his previous contract contained a €60m release clause.

However, Basque rivals Athletic Club of Bilbao were keen on a move and were flush with cash after receiving €80m for the sale of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea.

Diario Sport earlier this week that Los Leones were offering an ultimatum to the player: a ‘juicy contract’ which would stand ‘between five and seven years’ in length.

However, officials at the San Sebastian club have acted by agreeing a new deal with the player and handing him the number 10 shirt, vacated by captain Xabi Prieto this summer.

Prieto is one of a number of attacking exits from La Real this year with Carlos Vela and Sergio Canales also leaving, while Inigo Martinez joined Athletic Club for €32m in January.

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