South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is “almost certain” leave the club next summer according to the Chronicle.
This comes from his latest piece for The Chronicle, confirming what most feared given the former Swansea midfielder’s contract is set to expire next summer.
On the contract front, Douglas also reports that Karl Darlow is likely to be offered a contract extension, but it remains to be seen as to whether the 29-year-old could leave to pursue first-team football.
As things stand, there’s currently SIX senior players who are out of contract in the summer, and Ki may not be the only player set to leave, with Elliot, Darlow, Manquillo, Carroll and Colback’s deals also up in 2020.
Ki signed for Newcastle for a free in the summer of 2018, and initially impressed with some neat and positive passing from midfield.
However, due to fitness issues, his lack of mobility and the emergence of both Longstaff brothers, Ki has been pushed down the pecking order at St James’ Park and at 30, the clubs current structure of recruiting younger players will clearly see him be moved on at the end of the season.
One player who could stay on Tyneside beyond next summer is Andy Carroll, but his future is still undecided.
The Geordie was signed on a one year deal and signed an incentive-based salary, and Douglas states that his form throughout the rest of the season will determine whether or not the forward will be offered a new deal.
Carroll is yet to score since returning to his boyhood club, but the season is only 12 games young, so he could yet have a very important role to play for the remainder of the campaign.