The Chronicle is reporting today that Rolando Aarons wants to commit to Newcastle United, and may be willing to sign a new contract soon, but that’s as far as it goes.
The report suggests that because of Rolando’s excellent form in pre-season last year, his agents were pushing for a big deal for one who was still only 18 at the time, and Newcastle were not willing to do that for a player who was still untested.
At the time he had played only a handful of games for the first team.
Rolando Aarons in action at Swansea in August
Last season his agents pulled out of the negotiations, but his contract at Newcastle will now run out next summer, when he would become a free agent, but Newcastle would still get some compensation for him because he is under 24.
As it turned out last season, he played only six times for Newcastle with two goals after picking up a hamstring injury in early September and that dogged him the whole season, as he kept breaking down when he tried to come back in training.
We’ve seen a change with Rolando in his interviews this season, and he seems very keen to be a success at Newcastle.
And with Steve McClaren having an excellent record in how he brings youngsters through to the first team, Rolando seems willing to be introduced rather more slowly this season into first team action.
With the signing of Gini Wijnaldum and Florian Thauvin there is also some greater competition for Aarons.
Some of the big clubs are still keeping tracks on the youngster who turns 20 in November, and they are said to include Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Aarons and his agents are said to be ready to start up talks again and Newcastle are also ready to open negotiations and the feeling is that a deal could be reached fairly quickly this time around.
It would be very good if Newcastle can sign the youngster to a new long term deal, and maybe even this season he could be sent out loan for a spell.
Although from what we have seen of the teenager in pre-season, he’s ready to make a contribution to the first team immediately.