Newcastle United yesterday announced contract extensions for a number of players.
Jacob Murphy, Dwight Gayle and Federico Fernandez have all earned new deals, while clauses for a further 12 months have been activated for Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett.
There has not yet been any word about Andy Carroll, whose previous deal has now expired.
The news has generally been accepted positively, although one or two have questioned the extension for Gayle.
Interestingly, Newcastle did not disclose any further details about these new contracts.
Today, the Chronicle have provided some information about Fernandez’s deal.
They understand the Argentine defender has agreed a two-year contract.
And apparently, there will be an option of a further 12 months, for a player described by the Chronicle as ‘one of Bruce’s favourite players at the club’.
Should he see out that contract in its entirety, Fernandez will be 35 when he leaves.
The South American has been at St. James’ Park since 2018, joining from Swansea City in a £6 million move (BBC Sport).
He has clocked up 82 appearances for the Magpies to date.
A good deal if true
Newcastle retaining Fernandez is good news first and foremost.
But Newcastle handing him a two-year deal, with the option for a further 12 months is good business.
By doing this, the club are protecting his value.
It’s quite possible Newcastle will look to sell in a year’s time given the player’s age, and so a small fee can be expected, which is better than losing him for nothing.