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Will Newcastle Break The Mold And Give This Player A New Deal?


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.


24 comments so far

  • Trent1211

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Jane, Jane wherefore art thou Jib, I mean Jane.

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    a) It’s “mould”
    b) You’ve forgotten the “next” button

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Mold is a town in Flintshire

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Mould is what jib has between his toes because he never leaves his dingy flat 😀

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Mould is a British English spelling of mold. It is used in all of the same contexts as mold. Mold or mould: Mold and mould are alternate spellings of the same word, which can refer to fungus or a container for molten liquid as a noun, or the act of shaping something as a verb.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Preferably not, preferably they buy a top quality WB, I’d gladly see Richie go for someone else to come in.

    Wille has his spot taken now anyways so his days are numbered.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #7

    English is a funny old language! 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Dus it reely mater huw wei spel owr coments, nun off us ar roket syintists!

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Hoo’s Wille?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Aah, just got it you mean Willems has taken that spot, not being facetious, didn’t get what you were saying.

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Oi fink he meens Willems

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Nah
    Mould is what Jail has between his sparking plugs
    Cos he thinks and writes like a 9 year old

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Lee Charnley has it hand …. God help us, too much information Mr Bruce 🙂

    1
  • Bobbybee

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I see Southgate is at Villa again. When was he last up here, anyone know?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobbybee,
    Was he up here looking at Lascelles a few seasons back which prompted the song “Southgate’s got his number, he’s taking him to Russia”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Kevin Maguire, the Daily Mirror editor who has a strong Geordie accent, like myself is a sand dancer, however I just found out today when Piers Morgan asked him a question that he is of the mackem variety, I knew there was something odd about him. I wonder how that reflects on the Mirror’s reporting of the shenanigans here.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail, I can’t see frim where I sit, which has its advantages – no need to look at Ashley if he turns up or Penfold. Just curious. Very rare the England manager bothers coming this far. I think the PL and the FA would be happy to see both us and the mackems out the league. Bless them, it is a long way and it can get nippy.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail dont know where I heard it but maguire is deffo a mackem. I think he said he was from sunderland on one of the press reviews. Despite that he seems like a good guy 🙂

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #20

    El Ghazi and Mings doing a Bowyer /Dyer

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Maguire is from Westoe
    Lifetime Mackem
    Has an honorary degree from Sunlun Uni

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Watching these two teams, again, I see nothing to worry about tbh. No better than us, either of em. We won’t break any upper records but people having us with a record low number of points will be disappointed. And you always get the odd team off to a flyer who then go on a record number of losses! 🙂
    Anyway, its a marathon and the starters gun’s only just fired. That finishing line is a long way off.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Thank you Jib.

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Wow Fabianski !
    Tyson Fury would be proud of that right hook

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