Nico, 21, has emerged as one of the most exciting, young forwards in La Liga and has caught the attention of top clubs in Spain and outside with his performances.
What makes him an even more appealing prospect is the fact that his contract with Athletic expires at the end of the season.
Recent reports have suggested that Nico will be signing a new contract with the Basque club, but nothing has been made official as of yet.
Amidst that, the winger was asked about the links with two of the biggest clubs in the world in Real Madrid and Barcelona, along with teams in the Premier League.
In response, Nico did not give much away and stated that he has made up his mind and that interest in him is only proof that he is doing the right things on the pitch.
“The fact that big teams like Barça, Madrid or clubs in England are looking at me means that I’m doing my job well. I’m clear about the decision I want to make, but in the end it’s something that my representatives, who have been with me since I was 11 years old, are in charge of,” Nico said.
“And there are my parents, my brother. We’ll see, but I’m very calm and I want to stay that way.”
Further elaborating on his future, the Spaniard added: “It will be everyone’s decision, it’s not just me. There is also my family, my friends, my representatives…. It’s not just a question of me, because in the end the family is very important to me and plays a decisive role in this decision.”
It seems unlikely that Real Madrid could consider going after Nico’s signing in case he signs a new contract with Athletic Club, especially considering that they are also eyeing moves for the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo