Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has been given a new improved six-year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2023.
Jamaal is still young at only 23 to be captaining such an iconic club as Newcastle United, but manager Rafa Benitez has shown great trust and belief in him since Rafa arrived at Newcastle in March of last year.
The deal has been worked on for some weeks now, but Rafa was always confident of being able to tie down his captain – a player who will regularly feature as Rafa is allowed to build a top team at Newcastle.
Jamaal Lascelles with Rafa Benitez on the sideline
After the signing this is what Jamaal said on the Newcastle website:
“I’m over the moon. Since I came to Newcastle, I’ve been happy; I love the city, the football and the fans.”
“Everything about it, I enjoy so I’m happy to be tied down for the next six years here.”
“We’ve got a group of ambitious lads, the fans are excellent and the manager has got trust in me.”
“So I’m really happy here and I want to take the club as high as it can go.”
Rafa Benitez has improved Jamaal as both a player and a person over the last 18 months and the manager had this to say after the signing:
“As soon as I made the decision to make Jamaal the captain of Newcastle United, he rose to the challenge and he has developed as a player and a character.”
“He has proven himself to be a very good leader and a good role model too.”
“He has also improved as a player, responding well to our advice and guidance and getting better with every game.”
“I would like to congratulate him on his new contract with the club, it is very well deserved.”
The 23-year-old was signed in the summer of 2014 from Nottingham Forest in 2014, and he was allowed to stay on loan at Forest for one season.
Jamaal has turned out to be an excellent buy for the club, and he epitomizes the new Newcastle United under world-class Rafa Benitez.
He is becoming an excellent captain who is willing to give out criticism to players when it’s needed – and that includes himself when he has not done well.
He played last season in the Championship from October with a groin problem, so his commitment to the club is 100%.
It’s good news the new contract has been signed by one of our best young players, whose attitude is perfect for Newcastle.
He’s played 73 times for Newcastle so far with 7 goals.