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Newcastle Could Lose This Player In The Summer

Mohammed Diame has been playing some of his best football over the last 15 months at Newcastle until he lost his place because of injury.

His three-year contract is up in the summer and whether or not the automatic clause is triggered or not – it looks like the club will offer him a one-year extension to his contract.

The one-year extension will be triggered automatically after 24 starts this season and he already has made 21 starts with 8 games to go.

But Mo wants a two-year deal, and that will make him 34 in June 2021.

Maybe that will be the time the former Senegal International decides to retire.

Rafa Benitez with Mo Diame during training sesssion

When a player as experienced as Diame becomes available as a free agent, clubs become interested.

There’s new today in the Chronicle that clubs in Turkey (in particular), as well as in Spain and Italy are interested in signing Mo to a two-year deal.

But he wants to stay on Tyneside, and we have to assume Rafa wants him signed for two more years.

But it will be Mike Ashley who is the problem – he doesn’t like to pay high wages to the older players.

But Mo still has a job he can do at Newcastle with his physical play in central midfield, and he gives Rafa something different – another option.

We would like to see Mo offered a two-year deal this summer.

Not sure that he will be.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Ideal candidate for China, set up for life with guaranteed game time, he won’t get that in Torkey.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom
    Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom
    Open the door, get on the floor
    Pickford is a dinosaur

  • Mag52

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3


    It’s certainly no more disrespectful than the handful of morons who booed him when he came on v Watford.

  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I can understand the club’s caution – we’ve had our fingers burnt a few times with long contracts for older players who do seem to suffer, more, with injuries. I think a one tear extension is quite fair and then see what happens after that although I suspect he might be tempted by a big pay in the likes of China!

  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    *tear = year Lol

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    RIP Hal Blaine

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    We all know what Rafa wants to stay, would it really be too much to ask for Churnley to release a statement saying talks will begin when we’re safe but they are going to do everything they can to make Rafa stay. The reason they haven’t is because they’re not going to, there’ll be a lot more thought process going in to how they’re going to deal with the fall out rather than thinking about what will keep him happy.
    It’s going to be very interesting having someone explain that he didn’t stay because the owners ambition didn’t match his.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 12, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Have you got an obituary app on your device 🙂


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