Iker Muniain has renewed his contract with Athletic Bilbao until 2024, but the winger must now follow that up with leadership for the Basque club.
The Basque forward agreed terms on a new deal on Wednesday morning, renewing his current deal by five season, meaning he will stay at the club until 2024 at the latest.
His new deal sees the chances of any clubs making a move via release clause impossible after it was not included.
That move follows up interest from a number of Italian sides, who have been labelled with interest in the previous weeks.
Muniain began his career at San Mames and debuted in the 2009 season, making 357 appearances in total up until now.
The 25-year-old has bagged four goals in nine games this season, but his goals have not contributed to a turn around in form for Athletic, who have struggled under new coach Eduardo Berizzo.
Having been one of Athletic’s most in-form players over the years, many are relying on Muniain to steer Athletic up the La Liga table in the coming weeks.
There return fixture after the international break sees them Getafe on Sunday night and the Basque club will be hoping they can gain their first victory since the opening day.
Getafe, do however, sit six points ahead of Athletic and have been in good form of late.