Federico Fernandez has undoubtedly been one of the success stories of the season so far at Newcastle, but the club are playing a dangerous game over a potential new contract.
The Argentine defender will become a free agent in the summer, and as such, teams from abroad will be free to contact his representatives in January over a potential summer deal.
The player himself admitted to the Northern Echo he has not held any contract talks with Newcastle, and although he admits he wants to stay, time is running out.
Fernandez said: “Would I like to stay longer? Yes, it’s a great club. But, of course we need to talk in January. We will see what the club think about it.
“We will sit at the table and see what the options are. I haven’t spoken yet. I focus on playing, on the team, it’s December so we have time.
“I am focused, and when you play and play well, and the team plays well, everything is easier. We will see what is going on in the next two months.”
Fernandez’s season has been transformed since getting his chance
At the start of the season, fans would not have been to concerned over potentially losing Fernandez, with him seen very much as a squad player at the time.
But things have completely changed now, and the former Napoli and Swansea centre-back has become an integral part of Steve Bruce’s side – ironically, at both ends of the pitch!
To be fair to him, since he arrived on Tyneside in August 2018, the £6 million signing has never let the side down when he has played, and has never been a disruptive figure when he has not.
He thoroughly deserves the success he is currently having, and as we wrote previously, Newcastle simply must tie him down to a new deal.
Talks with the Argentine should now be seen as a priority, and Steve Bruce should be knocking on Lee Charnley’s door every day to ask why they have not yet opened negotiations with the player’s agent.