Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has welcomed speculation linking him with Liverpool, but insists that his future is in Spain for now.
The 22-year-old has established himself as a promising young talent with the La Liga side, and has scored four goals and provided seven assists in 30 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
As he looks to focus on his continued development, it hasn’t stopped speculation of a big move to a European giant, with Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Juventus linked with a swoop, as per Sportium News.
However, while Williams has welcomed interest from other clubs, and in truth left the door open for a switch in the future, he has chosen his words carefully in order to avoid upsetting his current employers.
“There’s a lot of speculation, but I’m calm,” he said in the interview. “If they’re watching me it’s because I’m doing things right. I’m privileged. If I have to leave tomorrow, I will always be very honest with Athletic. They gave me everything. I don’t want to change my surroundings. It’s my first choice right now.
“If there are offers, I will speak with Athletic. It’s my home. The first thing I would do is talk to the President. He’s been very good to me.
“It’s always good that other clubs speak well of you. They don’t distract me. I give everything every time I step on the pitch. Defending the Athletic shirt is a source of pride.”
It remains to be seen whether or not he is still with the club beyond this summer, as Liverpool could certainly do with reinforcements in that department.
With Daniel Sturridge failing to stay fit and find his form again this season, coupled with Roberto Firmino’s lack of consistency, an additional forward could be what Jurgen Klopp needs, amongst other things, to improve next season.
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool are ready to meet his €50m release clause, but that would be a major gamble given the money involved and the risk of whether or not he would be a success at Anfield and in the Premier League.