After the whirlwind that was the summer transfer window at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez keeps working hard and is ensuring he signs up players he sees as the future at Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot got a new and much improved contract at Newcastle yesterday and it was well deserved.
Rafa has already told Rob he sees him as one for the future at the club, but as always Rob must keep up the excellent form he showed last season when he was our Player of the Season.
Rob Elliot new four year deal
We’re not sure how long Rob will still be out, but in their announcement of Rob’s four year deal yesterday the club said he was nearing full fitness, so his ACL knee injury must not be as bad as Tim Krul’s ACL.
Rob was delighted to get the new deal of course and it will help him in his recovery and maybe he can be playing again in late November?
This is what Rafa said about Rob yesterday:
“I’m really pleased that Rob has signed a new contract with the Club.”
“It shows our confidence in him as a goalkeeper for now and for the future. Hopefully he will be challenging for the goalkeeper position again very soon.”
We expect Rafa to keep giving key players new deals and if we were to guess, we’d say that Vurnon Anita has to be close to a new deal.
Rafa has often pointed out what an excellent professional Vurnon is and how he can do the multiple jobs asked of him when he plays for Newcastle.
At the moment Rafa is using him at right back and at the same time he brings in more competition with impressive 23 year-old American right back DeAndre Yedlin joining the club from Tottenham.
Rafa Benitez trusts Vurnon Anita
The 27 year-old Dutch International is in the final year of his contract at Newcastle, since signing on for us in the summer of 2012 for £6.7M on a five year deal from Ajax.
We’d be surprised if he didn’t get a new deal before the end of the season.
What do you think?