Vurnon Anita was signed in the summer of 2012 and has been playing well for the side since Rafa Benitez arrived at the club in March.
But his five year deal on Tyneside runs out next summer and there has been no move to extend his contract by Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Not yet anyway and Rafa is the one who decides if Vurnon will get a new contract at the club.
Vurnon Anita – free agent in the summer
And we have an inkling that Rafa may not make any decisions on players whose contracts are running out until the end of the season, when he can see the big picture and which players he wants to retain – given which league we are in next season.
Anita was signed by Newcastle from Ajax for £6.7M and if he does become a free agent in the summer we will lose him for nothing.
Feyenoord are at the top of the Eredivisie on goal difference from Ajax after their 6-1 home win over Sparta and Vurnon Anita was at that game.
That initiated some reports in the Dutch press that he could be a target for the Dutch club either in January when he could be acquired for a minimal fee, or next summer when he could become a free agent.
Certainly with his contract running out in the summer clubs can officially talk to him in January about a potential move.
We would be surprised if Vurnon doesn’t get a new deal this summer, since Rafa has often praised him as an intelligent and experienced player who will get the job done and he can play in a number of different positions.
But he may have to wait until the end of the season before a new contract offer is made.
Whether he wants to wait that long and live with the uncertainty, when he can secure his future in January is a good question.
But we think Vurnon would love to stay at Newcastle with manager Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?