Mystery Surrounding Newcastle Star


The Sunday People and Alan Oliver have a story out today about Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez, and the 30 year-old has made only two appearances all season, and the first of those was in the first game of the season at Manchester City when he was injured in the first half, after starting that game.

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Jonas Gutierrez – in action at the Etihad Stadium

Oliver, the former Evening Chronicle sports writer, is reporting that if Jonas plays a certain number of matches, then Jonas would get a new deal on Tyneside.

Maybe that number is around 200 and would explain why he has hardly been played this season by manager Alan Pardew, although Yoan Gouffran plays in the same kind of style as Jonas, but scores goals too.

Jonas has played 194 times with 11 goals for Newcastle since joining Newcastle from Real Mallorca in the summer of 2008, and last season he played 40 times for the Magpies with one goal.

Gutierrez signed a new deal in September of 2011 that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015, and that’s when this peculiar clause is said to have been put into his contract, but it’s hard to know if there’s any truth in this report.

At the time he signed the new contract this is what Jonas said:

“I have said many times that I love playing for Newcastle. I love the city, the fans and the team, so I had no hesitation in signing a new contract.”

Jonas will not be leaving the club next month, as Newcastle try to finish in the top six for the second time in three seasons, and we need to ensure the squad is strong enough through May.

But maybe the 22 times capped Argentine International could be moved on in the summer, if this news is accurate.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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24 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    1. We’re better off without him, no doubt about it.
    2. At the same time I think it’s a very odd way to go about it when he’s played so many games the last few seasons, despite form even.
    3. If he gets on the pitch, it’s because he’s earned it, if he doesn’t, it’s cause it’s not good enough.
    4. If he’s not getting on, only because of that automatic bumper deal, and that alone, and they’re just going to leave him in the reserves until he’s off, then I think that’s a highly cynical piece of business and it puts me off.

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  • LocalZero

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Good luck to him. Hope he does get offered a new contract. He’s just not really anywhere near the first team at the minute, but seems a great guy and always gives everything.
    If all our team play blinders today then should we read into it that they’re all trying to impress Wenger? Could imagine Cabs, Remy and Arfa having storming games… Sorry, I should leave my conspiracies at the door and just enjoy the game! Bit nervous though; I can also see us getting badly turned over. Hope I’m wrong.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Could be true but I doubt it’s the reason for him being dropped. Gouffran has more than earned his spot

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Danyo,
    Surely they wouldn’t rip a player off in such a way, what type of message would that be sending out to players being offered new deals, but then again we’re dealing with a man with a workforce average aged eleven and the inventor of the zero hour contract.

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  • Douglas

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Good back up for Gouffy, not first choice anymore. Sell him and get some cash to buy a young replacement to develope.

    As for Arsenal: we’ve had our luck recently, just a feeling things wont go for us today. Roll om West Brom.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    We have finally upgraded Jonas which was long overdue. Gouffy who actually scores and assists and is a threat going forward.

    Jonas offered very little other than tracking back and working hard and protecting the fullbacks.

    Gouffy does all that and scores. Good luck to Jonas. Will be a good back up player to have. nothing more.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Arsenal are buoyed by the return of Podolski who seem to raise the bar of the entire team alone.

    Will be a tough game today. Can’t see us opening Arsenal up much.

    Newcastle 0 – 2 Arsenal.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Jonas was past his best 2 seasons ago. He became non productive in his role of “Provider” – he runs around a lot, gets bogged down and generally falls over.

    Yes, he wins a few free-kicks, but by that time the oposition’s defence is back in place and the chance is gone. In my opinion, we have far better, more productive players on that wing making Jonas almost redundant. If he has a market value and a club comes in for him (Debateable, I know) he should be sold next week, when the window opens.

    Thanks, Jonas, but its time to say goodbye!!

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    This seems very strange.
    Why would you have a clause like this?
    Who does it benefit?
    The 200 games also extend over two contracts …

    Sounds like complete bollox.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Jonas has been a good servant to the club and will enter the hall of fame I would imagine but every dog has his day and Jonas has had his, would be good if we could bag a few quid off of some Argentinian club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Hatem,
    Agreed, surely the paper is leaving it’s self vunerable making up such tall stories.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    He is just a symptom of how strong we are this season with no injuries.
    Also with Pardew’s choices for bench, he only had one MF for the Stoke game (Obertan) as he obviously has confidence that the middle 5 can play out a strong 90 mins so baring injury I don’t see him getting near the team any time soon.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    The only thing I would say in Jonas’ favour is that he made Santon look better by linking up down left hand side and hanging back while Santon made his runs to mop up when he lost it.
    That also meant that Collo didn’t have to leave his man to cover

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    For me with Podolski being back in the squad then imo we have to go back to starting with Sissoko on the wing in front if debuchy

    But the biggest problem is who we play at LB, been a big fan of Santon but he’s looked poor the last couple of games, don’t know if he’s a bit fatigued or what but he looks like he could do with a bit of a rest

    Tight game today, Giroud is having a dip in form, Ramsey is out but Walcott and Podolski are back and look good so we need to apply the same levels we saw against Manure Palace etc, if we start like we did against Stoke were ganna get stuffed!

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #16

    I remember going to Highbury with a bunch of Arsenal supporters in 1971. The Arse won 4-2, with two face-saving goals from Super Mac himself!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    tads,
    Isn’t Mbwia as capable at LB as he is at CB ?

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail, M’Biwa would be the ideal replacement at LB – he reads the game well and has terrific pace, something that could well be needed today!!

    I would then save lumbering Collo having to try and cover for Santon getting caught out up-field thus opening up our defence. We also have another young LB in Haidara who could do the job if needed

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #19

    If we want to get anything out of today’s game, this should be our back four

    Debuchy. Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Haidara

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Arsenal usually manage to carve us apart at will.

    I’m not a big fan of our CB’s. I know they are having a decent patch together and I’m pleased for the team but I have little confidence in Willo.
    Saylor should be our No1 CB but he’s an idiot.
    Colo is clever but too slow.
    MBiwa is class but he’s young and needs games. He will make a mistake or two but he’s the future?

    Pick a CB pairing to play quick one-twos around and Willo and Colo are the easiest meat in the division.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    If we want to get anything out of today’s game, this should be our back four

    Debuchy Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Haidara

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  • true toon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Good as a back up left back. Nothing else. Shld keep him until end of season

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  • pottsclock

    Dec 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Rubbish story. Rubbish paper.

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  • Sav

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #24

    They are barred and still they can sneak in and read the contracts. Tricky Dicky should have used Gibbo for Watergate – he’d still be President.

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