Newcastle United have announced that both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have signed extensions with the club until 2023.
??2??0??2??3??#NUFC are delighted to announce that Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have both signed a new three-year deal with the club!
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 6, 2020
Both Jonjo and Matt were on deals that were due to expire next summer. There have been reports in the past few months that both players were very close to penning new deals.
Shelvey signed for Newcastle from Swansea during the 2016 winter window and is our leading scorer in the Premier League with five goals. The 28-year-old had this to say about securing his future as a Magpie:
“It feels like a home. The people here, ever since I came to the club, have made me feel so welcome.
“I’ve had some good times and some bad times here, but it’s mainly good and it’s just an enjoyable place to come in and work, and the city, in general, has been really good for me.”
Ritchie too joined Newcastle in 2016. However, it was during the summer as we prepared for a season in the Championship. The 30-year-old left Bournemouth and dropped down a division to become a Magpie.
Matt is also thrilled to have his future sorted out and remain with Newcastle.
“It’s obviously something that I wanted. “Since I came to the club, it’s been a successful period and one that I want to continue being involved in. Hopefully, I can be part of the future.
“When you sign at a club, you want to go there and make an impact, and if you can be part of that club moving forward for a long time, it’s something that is nice.
“I moved around in my younger years on loan but to come somewhere and get settled and be part of the progress of the football club is great.”
This is outstanding news for both Jonjo and Matt, who are two of Newcastle’s leaders on the pitch. They now have their futures at the club sorted and hopefully, there’ll be a few more extensions for other players to come.
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