There was news yesterday that Martin Dubravka said he was close to signing an extension to his current deal which runs out in 2022. Dubravka, even though he is 30-years-old, is likely to remain in his prime throughout the entirety of his new deal.
It is different for goalkeepers as they generally play well into their 30s with little decline. For outfield players, the situation can become tricky because once the legs go, the decline can be rapid.
Steve Bruce has, on numerous occasions, said he wants to sign his core group on long-term deals. We would think that Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar are high on the list for new deals as both expire in 2021. Both players are far from having to worry about what their final contracts look like.
However, Matt Ritchie is in a different stage in his career and will be looking for some security in a new deal. The player has just turned 30-years-old a few days ago. His contract is also set to run out in 2021.
Matt Ritchie– will club give 30-year-old new deal?
There has been little movement on getting some of these core players new contracts, though the process in this day and age is a drawn out affair. This is what Steve said about the negotiation process for some of his players:
“Lee is talking to them. Thankfully, in that respect now, I’ve got a CEO who’s in hand with it but we’re quietly confident that we’re edging closer but, as usual with all these things now, they take forever.
“Back in the day, you got a pay rise done and dusted in half an hour. Now, it doesn’t seem to be that way but we’re quietly confident that we’ll tie the ones down that we’re in talks with.”
It will be interesting if Newcastle can get Matt Ritchie the length of contract that he will find acceptable. Ritchie will be close to turning 32 when his current deal expires, and the club will likely only want to extend it for a couple more years at the most. Matt will want to get as many years added as possible for security.
A recent example can be drawn with Mo Diame, who declined to sign a one-year extension this past year. Mo was 31 at the time the negotiations were being held. This is what he told beIN Sports about why he opted to not take the one-year deal on offer at Newcastle:
“At the end, when they decide to give me one more year, I prefer and take the decision to leave because I did not want to play another year ending a contract because it is not really good for a football player. You are always thinking about injury.”
Matt Ritchie is a more entrenched figure in Newcastle’s first-team then Diame was last season. He is a key member of the squad, and it will be intriguing to see what transpires with his contract situation. We would be surprised if there are any breakthroughs anytime soon. However, we do believe something will get worked out in the end.