Federico Fernandez ‘wants to stay’ at Newcastle United, but will be open to offers in January according to the Chronicle, with the club yet to hold extension talks with the soon-to-be out of contract defender.
The Argentine has been a revelation since being thrown into the side against Wolves in October and has impressed in all 4 of the games he has started this season.
However, the former Swansea man’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he’s held no talks over a new deal as of yet according to reports.
The Chronicle claim that Fernandez is settled in the North East and wants to stay – his second child was born on Tyneside – however he is bound to be have doubts over his future given he’ll be a free agent in little over 6 months time should nothing change.
Steve Bruce is thought to be keen on a possible contract extension, but it sounds like the centre-back’s camp are keeping their options open heading into the upcoming transfer window, with him able to sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere should he be denied a new deal at Newcastle.
Judging off recent form and his general display since he signed last summer, Fernandez should absolutely be offered a new deal.
That said, he will be 31 when his contract expires – an age that doesn’t fit in with Mike Ashley’s policies – not forgetting the fact we already have Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejuene, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett already on our books.
19-year-old Alnwick lad Kelland Watts has recently signed a new deal and has been a revelation at Stevenage this season, so the club may wonder if any new deal for Fernandez could stifle the youngster’s chances at the club?
If Fernandez can continue to put in the performances he has done so far for this season then a contract extension becomes a no brainer – let’s hope that is the case.