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Newcastle United players released and retained – Premier League deadline is imminent

3 weeks ago
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On Friday 4 June 2021, the Premier League made an official announcement detailing which Newcastle United players had been released after the end of the 2020/21 season.

However, that Premier League announcement also warned that the 20 clubs actually have until 23 June 2021 to change their list, presumably adding extra released players, or deciding to retain others.

No massive surprises in the Newcastle United players named amongst the released, mainly younger players who never got as far as the first team, plus the likes of Atsu and Saivet who NUFC had been trying to offload for some time.

The one player subject to debate on the list (see below) was Andy Carroll, considering Newcastle United had made no official comment.

Now 17 days later and still no clarification on Andy Carroll, or indeed any mention at all. Though the Chronicle did say / claim after this list of released Newcastle United players was made public by the Premier League, that their information was that Carroll HAD been offered a new deal by Newcastle and had been asked to think about it whilst on holiday by the club.

Only two days now until that deadline of 23 June for when the clubs have to provide the Premier League with the final lists of released and retained.

The lack of any information from the club on anything is absolutely shocking at the moment, even worse than normal. which is some achievement!

There are five other senior Newcastle United players where fans are waiting on clarity from the club, all of who were on the pitch when the final whistle sounded at the last game of the season at Craven Cottage last month.

With no Newcastle United announcement either way, along with Andy Carroll, the official NUFC line so far is that these five Newcastle United players – Dummett, Schar, Murphy, Gayle and Fernandez – will all be leaving the club when their current deals end in nine days time on 30 June 2021.

Exactly what is the point in keeping Newcastle fans in the dark on so many matters, including the future of six of last season’s first team squad?

Various media reports have claimed (amongst others) the following NUFC deals:

Fabian Schar – A one year extension has been triggered by the club.

Dwight Gayle – A new three year deal agreed by player and club.

Paul Dummett – A one year extension has been triggered by the club.

Federico Fernandez – A new deal agreed for just one more year.

Jacob Murphy – A new long-term deal agreed with the club.

As I say though, these claims above on all six Newcastle United players are based solely on media reports. Although Steve Bruce did admit at one press conference that he thought the Dwight Gayle new contract had been all pretty much agreed and an announcement was imminent. That story though bizarre on all kinds of level if true though, as Bruce has shown almost zero interest in putting Gayle in his team, plus the reports claim a three year contract that would make Gayle almost 35 years old by the end if it.

Two weeks today the Newcastle United squad report back for the start of pre-season preparations and so you’d assume we would know a lot more by that point. There again, this is NUFC and Mike Ashley we are talking about.

NEWCASTLE UNITED PLAYERS RELEASED – 4 June 2021:

Premier League Official Announcement on Newcastle United (and the other PL clubs) released players:

‘Premier League clubs publish 2020/21 released lists

See the players who have been signified as free transfers by the current Premier League clubs

Premier League clubs from the 2020/21 season have submitted the lists of players they will be retaining in their squads, and the ones they will be releasing.

The Premier League’s rules require all clubs to submit their retained and released lists to the League by 23 June.

Please note players signified as a “free transfer” or released by a club on the expiry of their contract on 30 June 2021 could still remain at that club next season. So this list should not be seen as definitive for players leaving their club.

Please also note a player’s status may have changed since the lists were submitted.

Released players from 2020/21′

A few new signings wouldn’t go amiss either, especially when it comes to creating and scoring goals.

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