We had assumed that both Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita would be given new deals this summer if Newcastle are back in the Premier League.
There are a number of reasons for thinking that.
One is that both players have played very well for us this season and they have good experience in the Premier League too.
Yoan Gouffran and Vurnon Anita
Another reason was that during the Christmas period – in fact on Christmas Eve – Rafa was quoted as saying the following about Gouffran and Anita:
“We were talking with them but now, around Christmas time and the festive fixtures, is not the period.”
“But in January we will continue talking with both of them to find a solution, because we are happy with the two.”
“I am not worried about losing them next month.”
Rafa hinted there that he wanted both signed to new deals before the summer.
Their contracts run out at the end of June, but there have been reports in the Chronicle that Rafa will release both players this summer.
That would be a shock if that happens, since we are short of players who have Premier League experience.
Since Rafa came in last March he has turned Vurnon into an excellent right back who played very well during the last several games of last season.
Yoan has also played his best football since he arrived at Newcastle four years ago from Bordeaux and deserves a two year extension to his contract.
The Frenchman has scored six goals for us in 30 appearances this term and Vurnon, who is out injured with an ankle injury at the moment, has played 23 times.
We’d be very surprised if they leave the club in the summer.
What do you think?