Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has confirmed he is working hard to hand keeper Kepa a new contract, amidst Real Madrid’s interest.
Long have Madrid been keen admirers of the young Basque stopper and it now seems that the Bernabeu club will look to make a move for one in the January transfer window, with a fee of €20m discussed.
Whilst current number one Keylor Navas has been performing well; Madrid officials have been interested in a number of options who they feel can provide a long-term option.
Man United’s David De Gea was red hot favourite to become the long term replacement for Iker Casillas, who left the club two summers back for Porto, but Spain’s number one is now seemingly a long shot with his future at the English club firmly rooted, leaving Kepa as the next option.
Marca report on Thursday morning that Los Blancos will now go all out to sign Kepa in January, taking advantage of the fact that his contract expires next summer and Athletic Bilbao would rather accept a fee than seeing him leave on a free transfer.
However, Urrutia has now claimed that he is working on a new contract for the youngster.
“We will try every option available for Kepa to remain at the club,” Urrutia told an interview with Marca.
“Of course we cannot be entirely confident of what the player’s decision will be, but there will be a decision and we hope that one is that he stays with us.
“This is not time-specific and it is not the first time we have held negotiations with a player whose contract is nearly up.
“We are not concerned about anything other than trying to get a deal which is best for the club.”
Despite Urrutia’s efforts, it is still predicted that a move should happen and see the youngster move straight into the starting eleven at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Navas’ future in doubt.