Two players who are first choice at Newcastle this season – Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita – two players who work their socks off for the team – have contracts which run out next June.
We had thought that Vurnon would get a new deal but not Yoan – but it looks like we wrong on that one – what – again?
Rafa was interviewed in the local press over the weekend and was asked specifically about the two stalwarts and he said the club had already started to talk with their agents and that it was only a matter of time.
Yoan Gouffran – to get new deal at Newcastle
That’s really good news that Newcastle want to sign these two up who have simply thrived since Rafa came on board in March and Yoan in particular has been a player reborn at Newcastle.
This is what Rafa said when asked about the two players as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“The club is talking with the agents, and now it’s a question of time.”
“I know what we need, but it’s too early.” “We have to concentrate on the games and keep working in the same way to see if we can get the targets I have.”
“You have to wait.” “I am really pleased with the squad.”
“But we know we have players who are at the African Cup of Nations and others who are out of contract.”
“So we have to try and balance the team as much as we can just in case.”
Gouffran and Anita can officially talk to other clubs in January and it doesn’t necessarily mean the players will stay on at Newcastle – it will depend on the contracts they are offered.
But they both seem to have bought completely into Rafa’s ways at Newcastle and they have to think we could be going places in the next year or two.
They are enjoying their football at the club so that has to be another big factor in Newcastle’s favor.
We’d like to see both players get good offers because they have both been instrumental to the success of Newcastle this season and of course Yoan scored his 5th goal of the season against Birmingham on Saturday.
Rafa has transformed Vurnon into a terrific right-back who could well get his place back on the Dutch side.
And it’s nothing short of a fairy tale for the Frenchman who joined us four years ago from Bordeaux – but he deserves a new deal because he really has been great for Newcastle this season.
What do you think?