Mo Diame has played 25 times for Newcastle this season, and on Saturday at Bournemouth, he made his 22nd start of the season.
He is reported, by the local press, to be getting an automatic one-year extension to his contract if he starts 24 games.
And since there are still 7 games left it’s very possible he will start another two games this season.
The difficulty is Mo will probably reject the one year deal from Newcastle since he is after a two-year contract to end his career.
And he will get that from some other clubs – even in the Premier League.
Mo Diame’s reaction – if he gets a two year Newcastle deal?
Mo will turn 32 years-old in June.
Rafa has been asked about team selection in the Chronicle and whether Mo’s contract situation is having an impact:
“No, the reality is that Sean Longstaff was doing really well and so was Isaac Hayden.”
“So we didn’t have the chance to start Diame.”
“He is training well and competing with the others so he is doing really well.”
There are questions about several of our central midfielders this summer.
Mo is one of them, and he could leave the club if he doesn’t get a two-year deal.
And Isaac Hayden is still unsettled by being so far away from his girlfriend and baby in the south-west.
West Ham United will again try to sign Jonjo Shelvey for at least £20M this summer.
If we lose Diame and Hayden this summer, then Jonjo Shelvey will presumably not be sold, but Rafa will need at least one new central midfielder this summer.
Ki Sung-yueng and the very impressive Sean Longstaff are the two other central players we have in the squad.
Sean, in particular, looks like he can become a star player at his local club.
What do you think?