Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez is reportedly being lined up for a one-year contract extension by the club.
The Sun have reported in their print edition today (07/02, page 60) that Magpies officials are keen to keep the Argentine centre-back beyond the summer, which is when his current deal expires.
But there may be a bit of an issue, with Fernandez supposedly set on securing a further two years at St. James’ Park.
It’s explained that if the club were not prepared to offer him two more years, then he would look to stay in the Premier League with another club.
Fernandez has been a great signing for Newcastle since joining the club on Rafa Benitez’s watch in the summer of 2018 for around £6 million (BBC Sport).
The star has made 74 appearances for the club, with 17 of those coming this season.
The South American has not been seen since the defeat to Sheffield United on January 12 having been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
His absence is a real blow for the Magpies given how reliable he has proven to be during his time at the club.
Newcastle surely have to agree to Fernandez demands
Arguably, Fernandez’s level of performance for Newcastle since his arrival has been good enough for him to warrant another two years.
If that’s what he wants, Magpies officials should look to make it happen.
It is not like Fernandez has ever really relied on pace, meaning there shouldn’t be a decline in that sense over the next couple of years.
He is just a solid centre-half who is proven at Premier League level, and he isn’t worth losing for free.