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Newcastle Have To Make A Decision On This Defender Soon


Federico Fernandez joined Newcastle in the summer of 2018 from Swansea for £6m on just a two-year deal. That deal is quickly running down and will expire next summer. Newcastle will soon have to decide if they want to give him an extension, find a buyer for him in January, or let him leave on a free in the summer.

There have been no murmurs of him getting a new deal at the club. All the contract talk surrounds the Longstaff brothers, Martin Dubravka, and players like Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar, whose deals expire in 2021.

At 30, it does not look like Fernandez is going to get an extension with Newcastle. So what will the club decide to do with him? While £6m is by no means a significant fee in this day and age, it is still an expenditure that the club may want to offset in some way.

The Chronicle have a report stating that there are some clubs in Spain who are interested in Fernandez. They also claim that Rafa Benitez may make a move for him in January and bring him to China.

This is what was written in the Chronicle about Fernandez’s contract situation:

That may influence their thinking in January, with Fernandez a potential target for a number of clubs in Spain. Rafa Benitez, who is a big fan, may even look to take him to Dalian Yifang.

Depending on the situation, a move to Spain could be beneficial for Fernandez. Though, by that time, he will have only six months left on his deal and may just want to see out his contract. That way he could have more control over his future destination.

If Rafa Benitez does make a move for Fernandez in the winter, it will have to come at the expense of one of his key players.

Dalian Yifang currently have a maximum of four foreign members in their squad. They are Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon, Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco, Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik, and Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Boateng.

All four have several years remaining on their contracts with Rondon, Carrasco, and Boateng all on deals that expire at the end of 2022. Marek Hamsik’s deal runs out at the end of 2021. So Benitez will have to sell one of the four, or work out a mutual termination of their contract to make room for the Argentine.

If Newcastle do get offers for Fernandez, it will likely be only £1-2m for, but you also have to take into consideration his £43k/week wages. With six center-backs on the books, it could be good business to move him on if there is no desire to give him an extension. It would also open up a squad spot for any new additions in January.

Though keeping him around as security also makes sense since you can never predict when the next injury crisis will come.


13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    RobLeenio,
    I can’t see him ever finishing the final book(s) as he is already a multi millionaire and reportedly in ill health and besides, where does he take it from where the book last left off without either making a mockery of the tv series or completely changing it?

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Arsenal frequently change their RB
    between Ainsley Maitland-Niles , Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    On article,
    It doesn’t really take that long to pretty much completely change a former managers team, as we know with KK and KD so I think we’ll soon see a return to the purple policy, where Dummet and Clarke can cover CB and LB etc, it’s worked well before in terms of finance so Mikey will want to see it re implemented once these contracts start running out.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib, due to suspension and injuries plus a EL campaign.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    And Bellerin hasn’t even played in the league this year.

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  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Weasel

    You asked

    “Jail for Ashley
    Do you know of any other team that rotates RB’s”

    I answered

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  • simon376

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Rob, Jail

    I’m one of the few who has never watched any of it never mind read the books, but the comment about one group being like Geordies, I heard an interview with either the writer or show producer a while back, it was mostly based on Hadrians Wall and the forts round here ,so maybe there could be a link

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Jibweasel,
    You’re just being silly now, an injury is not really being rotated, is it.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    So the great unwashed down the road have a new manager, do we wish him well or hope they end up mid table in division 3.

    Personally I like to see all the North East clubs winning, including The Heed, Blythe Spartans and Boro.

    In the bigger picture it can only help to get more decent players to live in that small enclave they call the North East.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    simon376,
    Just googled it, apparently a well known fact that Martin took inspiration from our very own wall, everyday is a school day as they say, I’d never really thought about it that way, I suppose given that wall is about 150ft high and made of ice they’re not that similar.

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Last season Benitez played Yedlin Manquillo and Jamie Sterry
    at RB
    For the last game of the season (0 – 4 vs Fulham) a game you attended
    he played Hayden at RB subbed by Feddy Fernandez

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib,
    You could spend all day looking for examples of rotating RB’s, I’m sure Digne will get rested at some point or Wan Bissaka, my point is you don’t see them being rotated for home and away games, you generally play your best player when possible.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

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