At the beginning of the season, it looked almost certain that Javier Manquillo would become a free agent when his three-year deal expired at Newcastle at the end of this month.
But the former Spanish U21 International, signed by Rafa Benitez because he couldn’t get in many of his real targets in the summer of 2017 following promotion, has had a good season.
Javier has proved himself to be a good right wing-back and manager Steve Bruce has been impressed with the 26-year-old Madrid-born defender.
As we have reported yesterday Andy Carroll had been given a one-year extension for next season and Javier has been given a four-year contract to stay on Tyneside.
He was initially given a three-year deal back in 2017 so we are a little bit surprised it’s as much as a four-year deal.
That’s because there is uncertainty about whether he will be able to get a game once the new owners come in and strengthen the squad this summer.
But the club cannot freeze on these things waiting for the Premier League to get off the fence on the takeover, and Newcastle are doing the right thing by moving ahead with these deals.
It’s an excellent deal for Javier, who always wanted to stay on Tyneside rather than return to Spain where several clubs were interested in him.
This is what Javier (shown above), who was on loan at Sunderland in the 2016-2017 season had to say to nufcTV about his new deal”
“I’ve been really happy since I first arrived and so with this new four-year contract my family and I are overjoyed to be here for another four seasons.”
“From the moment I got here, I’ve always said that I really like this city, and everyone has always treated me superbly well. “
“And so, after the three years, I’ve spent here already, well, of course, I’d like to stay for longer.”
“My little lad was born here and I was very pleased about that, and it all went smoothly. I’m so happy that he was born here as it’s always going to be a very special memory for me.”
Manquillo has become the first choice at right-back having started both of the last two games, and he has put in some solid performances this season.
Javier’s professional and positive attitude is a good example to younger players that you just have to keep your head down and train hard when you are out of the side and good things can happen.
He also seems to love Newcastle and so does his family, so it’s always nice to hear that from our players.
And he’s now got a Geordie son, and that cannot be bad!