Athletic Club Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has extended his contract with the Basque club until 2018 which includes a new buy-out clause of €36 million.
Aymeric Laporte has be in stellar form this season for Athletic Club Bilbao and, despite being on 19 years old, is quickly becoming one of the best center-backs in La Liga.
Due to his form over the last year the club has decided to award the French defender with an improved contract and much higher buy-out clause to shield interest from other European clubs.
The club has announced this morning that Laporte has officially signed a new contract until 2018 which has also seen his buy-out clause raised to €36 million.
Laporte was clearly excited to sign such a lucrative deal at his young age, but was adamant that he still has much to learn.
“I hope to grow here and to continue to improve in all aspects. I feel very good in Bilbao. I’m comfortable here and this club has given me everything in my career. I’m young but I have time to improve and learn more. The club has a lot of faith in me and I am very comfortable and happy here.”
The 19-year-old went on to explain that he has not been aware of any interest from other clubs while admitting that negotiations regarding his new contract were very easy for both parties.
This marks Athletic’s fourth contract extension of the current season and President Josu Urrutia has remarked that attention will now turn to Iker Muniain who is out of contract in the summer of 2015.