Release clause for Javi Ontiveros increases back to 15 million euros

Javi Ontiveros.
Javi Ontiveros. / Salvador Salas
  • The winger's contract stipulates his terms would only be halved for the first year following relegation

With the arrival of July and the start of the new football year comes a lot of changes. One, as SUR has learned, is in the contract of winger Javi Ontiveros.

According to sources, the youngster, who saw both his salary and release clause halved following relegation, has, a year later, seen these reductions expire, in line with the terms agreed in his contract.

Ontiveros, 21, became a key performer for the team in the second half of the season, scoring five goals in 34 games. As a result, he has attracted the interest of a number of clubs, both home and overseas.

Villarreal have been credited with the strongest interest but whether they would be willing to pay the 'new' release clause of 15 million euros remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, one player not staying at the club is Algerian midfielder Mehdi Lacen. The veteran had one year left to go on his deal but the club has exercised the option to sever ties.

The 35-year-old hardly featured last season, making 15 appearances.