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Federico Fernandez new contract is an interesting one

6 days ago
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Federico Fernandez was just one of a number of Newcastle United whose futures were uncertain, at least in terms of the club communicating with fans.

Clubs had to give the Premier League their very final lists of retained and released players by Wednesday 23 June at the latest, yet Newcastle United had refused to make their lists public to the supporters.

That finally changed yesterday, two weeks after NUFC had needed to supply the info to the Premier League, the club updating on five players but with minimal detail.

The statement (see below), simply informing fans that Federico Fernandez, Jacob Murphy and Dwight Gayle had signed new contracts, whilst contract extensions on Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett had been triggered by NUFC.

The contract extensions for Schar and Dummett had been widely reported previously by the media as an extra year for each defender, meaning both players will turn 30 in this added year deal at Newcastle United.

As for Jacob Murphy, his agents revealed on Wednesday that he has signed a massive six year contract, which takes him up to the age of 32.

No confirmation by the club on Dwight Gayle but ahead of yesterday’s announcement, many of the better and more reliable NUFC media had reported that he’d agreed a three year deal, which takes him up to almost his 35th birthday. The length of his reported new contract arguably even more bizarre than Murphy’s massive new deal.

As for Federico Fernandez, the Chronicle state that they have the inside track on his new deal.

They say their information is that it is a two year deal the Argentine international has signed but Newcastle also having the option of a third year on top of that, which if triggered would mean he’d be 35 when his new deal is due to end.

Federico Fernandez could end up staying at Newcastle United until he is 35 after the veteran signed a two-year contract – which gives the Magpies the option of extending his new deal by a further 12 months in 2023.

Newcastle United don’t have the quickest of teams to start with and taking into account their birthdays which will take place sometime before the end of next (2021/22) season, NUFC are set to have an awful lot of 30+ players by end of May 2022:

Paul Dummett (30), Fabian Schar (30), Martin Dubravka (33), Jonjo Shelvey (30), Matt Ritchie (32), Karl Darlow (31), Callum Wilson (30), Ciaran Clark (32), Dwight Gayle (32), Federico Fernandez (33), Mark Gillespie (30), Jeff Hendrick (30) and Florian Lejeune (31) – a total of 13 NUFC players in total.

I like Federico Fernandez and I think he is one of many excellent signings Rafa Benitez made, for not a lot of money (£6m in Fernandez’ case) and I’m happy the Argentine defender has got a new deal, but having so many older players does leave it looking collectively as a squad and potentially team that is going to struggle with pace, which we saw at times last season, especially in defence.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

Newcastle United has confirmed that Jacob Murphy, Federico Fernández and Dwight Gayle have all signed new contracts with the club.

The club has also exercised the option of extending the contracts of defenders Paul Dummett and Fabian Schär into the 2021/22 season.

Murphy, Fernández, Gayle and Dummett have all reported back for pre-season training this week, while Schär will return to Tyneside later this month after helping Switzerland to the quarter-final stage of this summer’s European Championships.

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce said: “I’m delighted to extend the players’ contracts.

“They all have a thorough understanding of this club and what it takes to play here, and they have all made excellent contributions over recent years.

“The hard work preparing for the new season has already begun and we’re looking forward to building momentum as we head towards the big kick-off next month.”

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