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Athletic Bilbao confident Muniain contract strong enough to stop Liverpool, Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao bosses are confident of hanging onto their superkid Iker Muniain.

Muniain, 16, has made Bilbao history by becoming the youngest player to feature in the Liga for Athletic.

Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been following Muniain since he was 12 years of age and there were fears that Rafa Benitez's Reds could take advantage of Spain's youth contract laws to take the youngster to England.

But AS says Muniain is on a special pro deal at Bilbao, which includes a buyout clause that increases with every senior game he plays.

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