With only 6 months to go Federico Fernandez reveals no talks so far on new Newcastle contract
Federico Fernandez has been a class act for Newcastle United.
One of the many inspired Rafa Benitez signings, especially when you see what other clubs are spending (wasting?) on central defenders.
Playing almost all of his career in La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League, as well as being an experienced international for Argentina, £6m for the defender was an absolute bargain in August 2018 for the then 29 year old.
This season Federico Fernandez has been arguably Newcastle’s best defender as well as scoring twice and getting one assist.
In the seven games Fernandez has started, Newcastle have picked up 14 points (four wins and two draws), whilst in the other nine only eight points.
Despite this, the club have had no contract talks so far with Federico Fernandez, even though his current deal has only six months to run.
Newcastle United have shown a baffling reluctance to get contracts sorted and we have a bizarre situation building.
You look at the 11 players on the pitch at the final whistle on Sunday, as Southampton were beaten, and seven of them have 18 months or less to run on their contracts (see all NUFC contract situations below).
Federico Fernandez says he is relaxed about the situation and of course he should be.
Whilst Mike Ashley may not see the value in offering a 31 year old (which Fernandez will be this summer) a decent new contract s a matter of urgency, plenty of other Premier League clubs will we queuing up to take him.
Federico Fernandez talking about his contract situation at Newcastle United:
“Would I like to stay longer?
“Yes, it is a great club.
“But of course, we need to talk in January.
“We will see what the club think about it.
“We will sit at the table and see what the options are.
“I haven’t spoken yet.
“I focus on playing, on the team, it is December so we do have [some] time.
“I am focused, and when you play and play well, and the team plays well, everything is easier.
“We will see what is going on in the next two months.”
The lack of urgency from Newcastle United on contracts is bizarre, over the course of the entire close season, not a single Newcastle player signed up to an extended deal.
From early August, Steve Bruce has kept claiming that the club are imminently going to agree new contracts with many key first team squad players, yet with now almost half the season gone, only Marin Dubravka has been signed up.
As things stand, this is when the 26 first team squad players see their current deals end:
June 2020 Ki, Carroll, Willems, Fernandez, Manquillo, Elliot, Darlow, Matty Longstaff
June 2021 Clark, Schar, Shelvey, Ritchie, Gayle, Hayden, Yedlin, Atsu
June 2022 Dummett, Muto, Lejeune, Sean Longstaff
June 2023 Krafth
June 2024 Almiron
June 2025 Dubravka, Lascelles, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin
As it stands, 16 of the 26 players in the Newcastle United first team squad, aren’t contracted beyond June 2021.
Running down contracts (long-term financial commitments) could be seen as indicating making the club more attractive to potential buyers. However, none of us are counting on that (a sale of the club) happening any time soon.
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