The big news yesterday was that captain Jamaal Lascelles signed a new improved deal that keeps him at the club through June 2024.
While Jamaal Lascelles has been catching the eye of big clubs like Tottenham and Chelsea he has always been happy at Newcastle.
The Derby-born player has said he’s already at a big club at Newcastle so why would he want to move.
He has settled in Newcastle and is creating roots with his young family to stay on Tyneside for a long time.
What would be really good is that if Rafa Benitez also decides to stay long-term but we’ll have to wait until at least after the January transfer window on that decision.
Jamaal Lascelles being interviewed yesterday
Jamaal hasn’t bothered to get an escape clause in his contract in case Newcastle are relegated and he says he will stay with the club if that happens.
This is some of what he has said in the Chronicle:
“There is actually no clause where I can escape.” “I didn’t want there to be.”
“It is not even a conversation that took place.” “I am happy here and over the moon to sign for six years.”
“I was buzzing when I got offered a new deal.” “I am happy to see out a lot of my career here.”
“For me I am already at a big club.” “Top six? Yeah can be.” “With all the history and one of the best stadiums in the country.”
“We have the best fan base in the country as far as I am concerned.” “In my eyes this is a massive club.”
“The fans aren’t by themselves – I am here for another six years now.”
“I was more than happy to sign, over the moon.” “I have been happy here ever since I signed.”
“I just want this club to really push on and however we do that we’ll see – but we need to push on.”
“As players we are trying to work out how we can do it.” “Everybody wants the same thing.”
“I do understand why some fans get frustrated, whether it’s to do with the club or whether we are playing.”
“Of course we are at at the bottom so that is not going to help anybody’s feelings.”
“In a situation like this I just think unity can make the difference right now.”
“Especially with the situation we are in.”
Jamaal is keen that everybody stays united behind Newcastle in these difficult times.
But that’s unlikely to happen with the Magpie Group planning increased protests against owner Mike Ashley with a boycott planned for the home game against Wolves in early December.