Premier League rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace appear to have missed Jon Moncayola after the La Liga ace signed a stunning ten-year contract at Osasuna.
And there we thought Alan Pardew had the longest contract in football history.
Osasuna obviously wanted to retain the services of one of the most underrated midfielders in Spain’s top flight, especially after Moncayola played a major role in his impressive mid-table standings.
Rewarding a player with a new contract is one thing, but handing him a contract that won’t expire until Cristiano Ronaldo reaches his forties is another.
West Ham’s offer for Moncayola ends as Palace dreams also come to an end
“I am very happy to continue here and extremely happy with this renewal for so many years,” said Moncayola, delighted and seemingly baffled. Osasuna official website.
“My preference has always been to continue here. The club has a very solid project in mind and I wanted to be part of it.
“I want to thank everyone – I feel valued.
“I think the club has had a project for many years and people like David (Garcia) or (Ante) Budimir have signed contracts for four or five years. Me, being younger, I was able to sign others.
“(I) have full confidence in the project.”
Whether Moncayola, of Basque descent, actually signs this contract – a contract that would keep him at Osasuna until 2031 – is to be guessed.
And we can only assume that the Pamplona-based outfit also removed any mention of that pesky £ 10million release clause.
At the end of May, AS reported that three Premier League clubs, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford, are all weighing up the summer offers for the 23-year-old chic.
However, it looks like David Moyes may be putting this one on the back burner for a while …
In other news, ‘Negotiations with Leeds’: £ 20million star says he had talks with Marcelo Bielsa