There were reports over the last eighteen months that Jonas Gutierrez’ Newcastle contract had a clause in it which said that if he played a certain number of games for the club, then Newcastle would have to give him a new contract, but it was never clear whether that story was accurate.
Jonas Gutierrez – could get a new deal on Tyneside
Jonas has played 3 times recently, and he has played 199 total games for Newcastle with 11 goals over the last seven seasons, and there are various stories in the national papers early today that Jonas could trigger a new contract soon.
We suppose that could be true if Jonas plays on Monday night at Liverpool, because he would reach 200 appearances, which is thought to be the magic number of games.
Jonas was our Man of the Match last Sunday at Sunderland, and the Argentine is expected to retain his starting position on Monday night at Anfield.
The contract clause was the reason cited in the press in October of 2013, when Alan Pardew suddenly stopped playing the 31 year-old for no apparent reason, since his form was good at the time.
But John Carver has kept picking him recently and that could mean a few things.
Newcastle may have decided, because of his good play (not to mention his great attitude), and the fact that we need him right now in the team, to give him a new deal – and therefore John Carver can play him.
Or the story about the clause in his contract was never true in the first place, so John Carver can keep playing him.
It would be a good move by Newcastle, who are seen as a club only after money, and not bothered too much about the players or the squad.
If Newcastle are going to give him a new deal, it would be good if they announced it sooner rather than later, and it would go over well with most Newcastle fans.
Jonas has guts, passion and courage, and he has amply demonstrated those qualities during his winning battle against testicular cancer.
It’s very difficult mentally, emotionally and physically to win a fight against cancer – and Jonas has come through that with flaying colors.
We would be surprised if Jonas gets a new deal – but we hope it happens.
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