The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle have made significant progress in contract talks with both Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey. The club is also in the process of tying down several Magpies as they look forward to next season.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) January 12, 2020
The report actually states that deals have been agreed ‘in principle’ for the 27-year-old Shelvey and the 30-year-old Ritchie. Both players are currently on contracts that will expire in 2021.
Jonjo has long maintained his desire to stay at Newcastle, where his family is settled.
He’s had a fantastic season so far with five goals though has suffered a few injuries, which also kept him out for much of last season.
Shelvey and Ritchie– Jonjo, they want me to stay as well
Newcastle should be willing to extend Jonjo for another four to five years keeping him on Tyneside into his early 30s.
With Matt Ritchie already reaching the magical of 30, he’s not going to get a five-year contract.
However, like Shelvey, Matt likely wants to stay at Newcastle. He can conceivably also play at a high level for another three to four years.
So if Newcastle and Ritchie can reach a compromise to keep him on Tyneside beyond 2021, that will be excellent news.
Hopefully, we’ll see a few more players in line for extensions like Matty Longstaff, Fabian Schar, and Freddie Woodman at the very least.
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