This morning Newcastle fans were treated to some excellent news with the announcement that both Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey had extended their contracts to 2023.
Matt and Jonjo were the first senior Magpies to sign new deals since Martin Dubravka penned his in October to keep the Slovakian at Tyneside until 2025.
However, that was not the only positive update with contracts that was revealed on Friday morning. Steve Bruce also confirmed that Federico Fernandez has a year’s extension that if triggered, will keep him at Newcastle until 2021.
This is what Steve Bruce said when asked about both Fernandez and Javier Manquillo:
“We’re hoping that we can sit down with them. I think Fede’s got an option for another year. He’s been terrific. I gave him a rest the other night.
“So over the next few weeks, we’ll address what we have to address and sit down with the different individuals. Of course, we need to get a couple of results quickly cause that’ll make it easier for everyone concerned if we know where we are going to be next year.”
So Newcastle still have some time to work out something longer term with the Argentine. We would imagine that they will trigger his extension at some point before the summer.
The other bit of news to emerge is that Karl Darlow may not be out of contract this summer, as previously reported. The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth has tweeted the following update on Darlow’s contract situation.
Update: Understand that Karl Darlow is under contract until 2021. Newcastle never disclosed his original contract length (and club has not revealed any extension) but it had been widely reported that his contract expired this summer. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) March 6, 2020
Karl is still on the contract he signed in 2014 when he joined from Nottingham Forest along with Jamaal Lascelles. However, both Karl and Jamaal went back to Forest on loan for one season before coming to Tyneside in the summer of 2015.
It seems somewhat unlikely that Darlow would have signed a seven-year deal when Newcastle first bought him. However, there could be a scenario where he signed a six-year contract that started when he came back from his loan spell in 2015.
Starforth doesn’t elaborate with any specific details on his report. So it is all conjecture on how his deal is structured.
However, if true, that would be excellent news as Darlow could remain as Martin Durbravka’s back-up next season. Newcastle would then have three quality goalkeepers in Dubravka, Darlow, and Freddie Woodman on the books for next season.
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