Spain youngster ‘rejects offer from Aston Villa’ as Emery edges closer to huge La Liga signing

Jason Soutar
Aston Villa-linked Bilbao winger Nico Williams and his brother Inaki Williams during a warm-up.

Athletic Bilbao president Jon Uriarte is confident he will be able to keep hold of Nico Williams, who is attracting interest from Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old joined Bilbao back in 2013 and has gone on to make 85 senior appearances for the club since making his debut two years ago.

He plays with his brother, Inaki, who is the player Nico has appeared with more than any other. They have shared the pitch 76 times and for 3,667 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.

The younger of the two is attracting interest from a host of clubs after establishing himself as a key player for his club and a regular in the Spain squad after making his debut last September.

With Unai Emery at the helm, Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres and are also hoping to land Williams.

The second signing does not seem very likely at this stage, though. Marca conducted an interview with Athletic president Jon Uriarte, who intends to offer Williams a new deal with his current deal expiring next year.

“Nico came when he was 11 years old and he is very comfortable here,” Uriarte said.

“His family is from Athletic to the death and his brother is another of the great players of the first team.

“We are trying to provide the means so that he can extend his career with us, and I think that we’ll achieve it. “

Interestingly, Marca say Williams has ‘rejected an offer from Aston Villa’.

90min are also reporting that the young winger is close to agreeing a new contract with the Basque club.

He will apparently pen a two-year contract as he wants to play at least one more season with his current club.

As mentioned prior, Villa are closing in on the signing of Torres from Villarreal.

An announcement seems imminent and the former Tottenham target will join Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Diego Carlos as Emery’s centre-back options.

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