Already 3 assists; The £43million star is in top form after turning down the £115,000-a-week move to Aston Villa

Nico Williams is expected to sign a new deal at Athletic Bilbao after turning down a £43million, £115,000-a-week deal at ambitious Premier League side Aston Villa.

While Dominik Szoboszlai is the first name on many pundits’ lips when asked to name the most impressive newcomer to England’s top flight this summer, Moussa Diaby will certainly not fall far behind Liverpool’s Hungarian Dynamo on the podium.

The lucrative new signing from Bayer Leverkusen was outstanding in his first few weeks as a player at Aston Villa. And considering Villa might not have gone all-in on the former Bayer Leverkusen flier if Nico Williams had been a little more inclined to accept an offer that made him – rather than Diaby – the club’s new record signing would have.

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Nico Williams rejects Aston Villa move

Accordingly Estadio DeportivoAston Villa triggered the £43m release clause in Williams’ release clause and offered the Athletic Bilbao academy graduate a staggering £115,000-a-week deal at the Midlands.

But who said loyalty is dead in the modern game?

Nico followed his older brother’s playbook; He opted to remain alongside Inaki Williams at San Mames while continuing the increasingly fruitful talks over a new contract. With four goals in his first three games this season, the highly gifted Spain international is wasting no time letting Aston Villa know what they could have had, although Diaby’s stunning performances will serve to offset Unai Emery’s disappointment.

“Everything has a process. “Everything is going very well,” says Williams Relevo about these contract negotiations. “I have everything clear. People are calm.”

“I want to send a message of calm. Tell people to be quiet and that everything is going very well.”

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Aston Villa were also exploring the possibility of signing former Fulham loanee Manor Solomon from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer before completing a deal for Diaby. Instead, Solomon ended up at Tottenham Hotspur.

“In addition to Tottenham, Aston Villa, West Ham and RB Leipzig also wanted him,” says Solomon’s agent sports5.

Shlomi Ben Ezra says Leipzig have identified Solomon “as a replacement” for Chelsea’s Christopher Nkunku.

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