Villarreal has tied highly-rated forward Samuel Chukwueze to a new contract with a renewed €100m release clause, say Diario AS.
The 20-year-old Nigerian is enjoying an impressive rise to prominence for the Yellow Submarine’s first-team squad after only making his debut in November last year.
The player’s former contract contained a €40m release clause which would allow bigger clubs in European football to circulate for his signature.
In less than a year, Villarreal has increased the clause of the Nigerian striker twice, with what happened first to 25 million, after his arrival to the first team; and months later it went to 65 million, with which it had already started this course.
But his growth as a player and his sports performance have meant that from the club he wanted to carry out another improvement, seeing that the suitors have never stopped pursuing the player and that the growth of the player is going faster and faster.
Chukwueze is already a fixture in Villarreal and for Calleja, being a player that alternates ownership and minutes with Ekambi, and is also fixed and usual in the eleven of his selection. In addition, now he has been added to being recognized as one of the ten young candidates for the Kopa de France Football.
A nomination that has already arrived with Chukwueze renewed and armoured and with nothing more and nothing less than 100 million release clauses, which is already a first level figure. An amount that for Villarreal is a record, since there are very few players who have dressed in yellow and have had a clause of this calibre. It should be remembered that the biggest transfers in the club’s history are those of Eric Bailly and Cedric Bakambu, for which 40 million euros were paid.
This new clause is set with the objective of making the player’s exit more complicated and with the intention of being able to continue counting on the player in that period: a minimum of two more campaigns in which the player would continue to grow and compete with the players. Villarreal, for as of that period and if this growth continues, a possible transfer can be made.
Once those two seasons are over, the club has accepted that this clause will be lowered to 80 million, which would make it easier for him to leave and reward the player for having followed yellow longer. Villarreal ensures that Chukwueze has a millionaire outing since, seeing the amounts, it could only be given to big clubs and with great economic potential.
The Nigerian international is now a regular in Javi Calleja’s side having already made eight appearances in La Liga this campaign and looks set to have a bright future at the top level.
The new deal is said to be a recognition of his growth as a player and the potential he possesses.