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New contracts being discussed with midfield duo and number of other Newcastle United players

1 year ago

Newcastle United are in talks with a number of players about new contracts.

There are nine players who see their NUFC contracts end after this season.

These are Javier Manquillo, Rob Elliot, Jetro Willems, Ki Sung-yeung, Federico Fernandez, Jamie Sterry, Jack Colback, Andy Carroll and Karl Darlow.

However, none of those are the players reported to be in talks.

The Shields Gazette quote Steve Bruce as saying four or five are in talks with Lee Charnley on new deals but their information is that it is Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubrvaka and Sean Longstaff.

The Steve Bruce quotes come three weeks after he previously brought the subject up.

With bizarre timing it was before the first game of the season, the head coach yet to see any Newcastle player in a competitive match, but he introduced the subject in what appeared to be a bit of PR good news story, saying back then that was ‘four or five’ and actually naming Ritchie, Dubravka, Lascelles and Hayden.

The players featuring in the two reports have the current contract situations in terms of when their contracts end (all up to end of June in whichever year stated):

2021 Shelvey

2022 Dubravka

2021 Ritchie

2021 Hayden

2022 Longstaff

2024 Lascelles

The Jamaal Lascelles one is strange, as he has already had a new enhanced six year contract announced in October 2017 and then another new enhanced contract announced in November 2018.

Sean Longstaff signed a new deal only in December 2018 but that was before he’d even played a minute in the Premier League, so it looks a no-brainer to give him a new longer and enhanced deal.

The same with Martin Dubravka, last season the keeper backed up what he had shown whilst on loan early in 2018.

If Hayden is prepared to commit then he is another one who needs to be signed up on a better and longer contract, as he is an automatic first choice now.

Matt Ritchie turns 30 in only 10 days time, so you can’t imagine that his current contract which ends in 2021 would/could be extended by more than another season, though wages could/should go up reflecting his value to the team in the Premier League.

Jonjo Shelvey I’m not convinced about. We all know that he is a good player on his day but Rafa Benitez didn’t see him as first choice last season and Steve Bruce dropped him after only two games. Very few Newcastle fans would pick him ahead of Longstaff and Hayden and surely it would make sense to see if he ends up getting games and impressing in them this season, before any decision is made, with Shelvey set to end his current deal in 2021 by which time he will be 29.

Of the players who are only contracted until June 2020, whilst they are not automatic first choice, you would think it makes sense to sort new deals with Manquillo, Fernandez and Darlow, or else they could leave for nothing 10 months time.

Shields Gazette report quoting Steve Bruce – 31 August 2019:

“When I walked through the door I said there were four or five who were the nucleus, who Lee Charnley is having conversations (about new contracts) with.

“Jonjo (Shelvey), like all of them, we’ll address it when the time is right.”

Steve Bruce – 9 August 2019:

“The club three years ago blew away the Championship.

“The players brought in were too good for the Championship.

“And those players, five or six of them, are still the nucleus of the squad.

“They deserve big credit and that is why I want to reward them (with new enhanced contracts).

“I have had a conversation with Lee Charnley and he feels exactly the same too.

“We’ll be sitting down and talking to four or five of them to make sure that cornerstone remains.

“It is vitally important that the ones who have been here, they deserve a big pat on the back.

“They deserve new deals which we need to tie them up to and I think Lee (Charnley) has already spoken to two or three.

“He (Isaac Hayden) has indicated he is willing to sit down and talk to us – I’m delighted of course.

“Him and Matt Ritchie and the goalkeeper and the captain (Jamaal Lascelles), there are probably four or five we want to talk to.”


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